Sverdrup visit by the Prime Minister

Today, Prime Minster Erna Solberg got a tour of Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, where the Johan Sverdrup project has ensured full activity during the last couple of years.

Erna Solberg visited Aibel's yard in Haugesund, July 2017.
Prime Minster Erna Solberg, here accompanied by Arne Sigve Nylund, EVP Development & Production Norway (DPN) with Statoil (left) and Bjørn Pedersen, Drilling Support Module Construction Manager, was impressed by the giant Johan Sverdrup module (all images: Øyvind Sætre/Aibel).

Two and a half years ago, Prime Minster Erna Solberg came to Aibel to witness the signing of the company’s largest contract to date – the engineering and construction of the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. Today, she visited the yard in Haugesund, where the result of the last couple of year’s hard work now fills the giant North Sea assembly hall to the top.

“An impressive sight,” the Prime Minister said as she was shown around the yard.

The Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform will consist of three modules. The modules are built simultaneously at three different yards: The two largest are built at Aibel’s own yards in Haugesund and Thailand, while the smallest module is built by Aibel’s collaboration partner Nymo in Grimstad. In Haugesund alone, the project has employed approx. 3,000 people over the last couple of years. The project has also provided significant ripple effects for the local community – and will also ensure good activity in the region in the upcoming year. Read more about the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform project here.

Prime Minster Erna Solberg, here accompanied by Arne Sigve Nylund, EVP Development & Production Norway (DPN) with Statoil (left) and Bjørn Pedersen, Drilling Support Module Construction Manager, was impressed by the giant Johan Sverdrup module.
The Prime Minister was a popular guest at the yard and gladly posed for selfies with some of the employees.

Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, Member of Parliament, Tina Bru, and Mayor of Haugesund, Arne-Christian Mohn, also took part in today’s tour, which in addition included a short presentation of Aibel.

“It’s been an absolute joy to welcome the Prime Minister and her companions today. We are proud to show our work in Haugesund and happy to be put on the map as a significant employer and supplier,” says CEO Mads Andersen.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited Aibel's yard in Haugesund, July 2017.

Published 2017-07-31, 14:40 CET Updated 2017-07-31, 14:48 CET

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