Gudrun on wheels

1,700 wheels, 80 metres, 11,600 tons of platform. Gudrun has been moved into the light and is almost ready for the final lap.

This week the enormous Gudrun platform was moved out of the North Sea Hall at Risøy. This marks a new and important milestone for Aibel's prestigious new structure. The platform is mechanically complete, and only testing and finishing work remains before sailing into the North Sea on 11 July.

Gudrun load out 15.04.13.
The Gudrun platform has taken up most of the space in the North Sea Hall for the past year. Now room has been made for new projects (photo: Øyvind Sætre).

1,700 wheels
It was no simple task to move the platform the 80 metres from the interior of the North Sea Hall to the quay outside. A total of 1,700 on 428 axles were placed beneath the deck. The moving operation took around two and a half hours.

“Now the platform will remain on the quay until mid-June, when it will be transferred to a barge. On 11 July it will be towed into teh North Sea,” says construction manager Askild Mokleiv. 

From left: Arnstein Høyvik, Askild Mokleiv, Jon Garborg.
HSEQ Manager Arnstein Høyvik (from left), Construction Manager Askild Mokleiv and Project Director Jon Garborg were pleased to see the transport move forward as planned (photo: Øyvind Sætre). 

The final touch
The time before sailing is reserved for testing, finishing work and transfer of systems.

“Some work remains in pipe insulation and surface treatment. In the time before June we will also install lifeboats and deck cranes, work there wasn't space enough to do when the platform was inside the hall,” Mokleiv explains.

Published 2013-04-17, 13:20 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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