Proud Sail Away celebration

The Main Support Frame for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform is now complete. To mark its largest individual delivery to date, Aibel Thailand recently hosted a proud celebration.


(All images: CMO/Aibel)

Weighing in at 10,800 tons and the size of a football field, the Main Support Frame for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform, also called the MSF module, is the largest module ever built on Thai soil. It is also the largest individual assignment Aibel’s yard in Laem Chabang has ever delivered.

The construction work in Thailand started in December 2015, barely 10 months after Statoil awarded Aibel the contract for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform. Buddhist monks, wishing success for Aibel and the local Thai community, blessed the first steel. 19 months later, it is safe to say that their wishes have come true. The project is delivered to the agreed quality and time – an achievement that was proudly celebrated with a Sail Away party for employees, suppliers and invited guests at the yard last week.

The Buddhist monks were also welcomed back to give their blessings. The day started at the yard’s spirit houses, where major milestones like this are marked with offerings and prayer. Then the official program started, with speeches from, among others, Aibel and Statoil’s project directors and the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand. The guests were also given a tour of the MSF module, which is now ready for transportation to Norway.

JSDP Sail Away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
At Aibel Thailand, major milestone celebrations start at the yard’s spirit houses, with offerings and prayer. Here, Managing Director Nick Routledge is paying his respect.

JSDP Sail Away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
Religion plays an important role in the Thai community.

JSDP Sail Away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
Aibel and Statoil managers offering a meal to the monks.

JSDP Sail Away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
The official program included speeches from Aibel and Statoil managers, representatives from The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) and the Norwegian ambassador. Here we see Statoil’s Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup project, Kjetel Digre. 

JSDP Sail Away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
Local artists provided great entertainment.

JSDP Sail Away Celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
The guests were also given a tour of the MSF module. Aibel Thailand’s Construction Manager, Greang Chotsuwan, tells representatives from BOI about the construction work.

JSDP sail away celebration, Aibel Thailand, Laem Chabang, July 2017
The construction of the MSF module has been a successful project for Aibel Thailand. Statoil’s Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup Project, Kjetel Digre (left), Aibel’s CEO, Mads Andersen, the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand, Kjetil Paulsen, representative from BOI, Bonggot Anuroj, Statoil’s Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform, Lars Håvardsholm, and Aibel’s Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform, Stig Jessen, are pleased.

Published 2017-08-01, 12:35 CET Updated 2017-08-02, 08:54 CET

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