Bang, we have started!

Aibel builds the converter substation that will ensure power supply from shore to the Johan Sverdrup field. Today, the mayor got to fire one of the explosive charges at the construction site.

Aibel builds the converter substation that will ensure power supply from shore to the Johan Sverdrup field. Here, the major has just fired one of the bursting charges at the building site.
All images: Ole K. Halvorsen/Aibel. 

At Haugsneset, not far from Kårstø, activity levels will rise in the coming years. Here, Aibel is building a converter substation on behalf of Statoil. The substation will convert AC current to DC current before the energy is sent to the platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field. The project, which Aibel carries out in close cooperation with subcontractors Norconsult and Veidekke, will continue until the autumn of 2018.

The mayor of Tysvær, Sigmund Lier, fires one of the bursting charges at the Haugsneset building site.
Major of Tysvær, Sigmund Lier, fired one of the explosive charges at the construction site. 

Started
Today, several VIP guests visited the project. The mayor of Tysvær, Sigmund Lier, was specially invited to fire one of the explosive charges at the construction site. Aibel director Jon Garborg was one of several speakers at the event. He told that most of the work will be executed at the company's yard in Haugesund, at Kårstø and at the construction site at Haugsneset.

"We're looking forward to an exciting project period," he concluded.  

Several VIP guests visited the Johan Sverdrup converter project at Haugesneset on 17 December 2015.
Invited guest and media had met up to witness the official start of the construction work. 

Multiple tasks
In addition to the converter substation, Aibel is also responsible for the construction of a pump station, constructing of 700 metres of road, and installing approx. 4 kilometres of cables from the connection point at Kårstø to the substations at Haugsneset. The construction of the converter substation is scheduled to start in March 2016.

The project is managed from Aibel's office in Oslo. At its peak, it is expected to engage about 150 employees. 

The converter substation that will be constructed at Haugsneset, just off Kårstø.
This is how the converter substation will be (illustration: Statoil). 

Published 2015-12-17, 15:05 CET Updated 2015-12-17, 15:04 CET

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