First cut in the P-74 project

In accordance with tradition, Thai monks blessed the steel, machinery, visitors and staff in a solemn ceremony.

First cut P-74

“The monk blessing ceremony is a very important cultural tradition in Thailand. To Aibel it is a nice way to mark the start of an important project,” says Managing Director Jim Ryan at Aibel Thailand.

The ceremony took place at Deeline, which is partly owned by Aibel. The master monk placed gold leafs on the steel plate that was to be cut, sprinkled it with holy water, and chanted blessings.

First cut P-74

Aibel is delivering five topside modules to the P-74 FPSO. The contract for procurement and construction was signed this summer.

“This project starts just as fabrication finishes on the Troll project, so it fits in well with the needs of Aibel Thailand,” Ryan explains. He continues: 

“Aibel’s client Estaleiros do Brasil (EBR) is a consortium between Toyo Engineering and SoG – Oleo e Gas. Toyo is a repeat customer of Aibel and has to date been very happy with our deliveries.”

First cut P-74From the left: Mr. Hisano Ichiro of Toyo,  and Jim Ryan and Thanakorn Wankanapol of Aibel.

The FPSO will operate in Brazilian waters for Petrobas. The last of the Aibel modules is to leave the yard in Laem Chabang in august 2014.

“At its peak next spring around 700 workers will be employed on this project,” says K. Thanakorn. He is Aibel’s project manager.

The ceremony today lasted for several hours. Present were also EBR’s Construction Manager Mr. Hisano and Managing Director Manit Jimlimlert at Deeline. The monks also blessed them and the Deeline staff.

“We appreciate that we can make the first cut one month earlier than originally planned. This takes some pressure off the schedule,” K. Thanakorn concludes.

Published 2013-10-08, 13:55 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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