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Aibel Thailand Completes Record-breaking Project

At the end of March, Aibel Thailand celebrated the completion of the giant MSF module for the Johan Sverdrup P2 platform. After two years of construction with several impressive records along the way, the module left Aibel’s yard in Thailand in early April heading for Norway.

The Johan Sverdrup Process Platform II, or just P2, is Aibel’s largest project to date, weighing approx. 23,000 tons and engaging up to 4,000 associates at its peak. Aibel was awarded the contract in April 2018, with responsibility for engineering, procurement and construction.

Less than a year after the contract award, the first construction activities for the largest of three modules, the Main Support Frame (MSF), started at Aibel’s yard in Laem Chabang and at subcontractor Deeline in Rayong, Thailand. Two years later, the completed module comprises four decks with a total weight of approx. 14,500 tons, and a perimeter equivalent to a spacious football pitch. This makes it the largest platform module ever built on Thai soil – beating the previous record held by the MSF for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform, also built by Aibel Thailand.

In addition, during the construction, the project also set a new record for the heaviest lift performed at Aibel Thailand, and the load-out of the completed module was the largest land transport ever completed in Thailand.

Aibel’s construction manager for the P2 project in Thailand, Harald Revheim, is proud of his team’s efforts and also points to new standards for quality.

“The completion of the module makes me proud. Not least of the fantastic team that has had an incredible drive and put in an extraordinary effort. The entire organisation has managed to step up a level in comparison to the delivery of the MSF to the drilling platform in 2017. This means that we are delivering an even more complete and thoroughly tested module, which is more than ready to be assembled with the two other modules when arriving in Norway,” he says.

In Norway, the MSF module will be merged with the two remaining modules, UPM and HVDC, into one platform for the Johan Sverdrup oil field. This spectacular lifting operation will be performed by the world’s largest crane vessel, Sleipnir. The complete platform is scheduled for final delivery to client Equinor in early 2022.

Despite bidding farewell to its largest project so far, the time ahead will not be less busy for Aibel Thailand. Construction of the first of three HVDC converter platforms for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank Wind Farm, is already underway at the yard. This illustrates both the high level of fabrication capabilities of Aibel Thailand and Aibel’s position the ongoing energy transition, where Aibel is on its way to successfully adapt its business to a low carbon future.

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