New cabins at Oseberg are now in use

"I am very comfortable in the new cabins," says Aibel foreman Roger Lyngholm. He is one of the offshore workers who has had the pleasure of trying out the new cabins at the Oseberg Field Centre.

Aibel began the work of demolishing the cabins at Oseberg Field Centre in May last year. Since last summer the new cabins have gradually been used.

"The layout is good and there's plenty of space in the drawers and cupboards. The cabin is small but I'll only be sleeping there anyway," says Lyngholm.

Lugar Oseberg feltsenter

No need to share cabins

The original order from Statoil was for 175 new cabins. In July the company expanded the assignment to include all the cabins at the field centre.

"We are demolishing and building from scratch a total of 319 cabins. About 214 of them are already finished and delivered to Statoil," explains project manager Eirik Bækkevold.

The new cabins have a normal standard and are 6.5 square metres. 35 double cabins have also been rebuilt into 70 single cabins. They are 5.9 square metres in size.

Kjøkken på Oseberg feltsenterThe kitchen in the Field Centre has also been totally renovated.

Inclement weather is causing delays

Statoil has leased a flotel for the cabin upgrades. That left the field centre in the middle of January.

"Inclement weather this winter has caused us a few delays in the project. Particularly during the last six weeks of 2011, the flotel often had to detach itself from Oseberg. It has also been difficult to clear the material. We have lost a lot of working hours during this period," explains Bækkevold.

"The cabin project has now reduced the number of offshore workers from 130 to 20 n, and we will use 2012 to upgrade the final 100 cabins," explains the project manager.

The kitchen in the Field Centre has also been totally renovated. It was first in the middle of January after having been closed for several months.

Lugargang på Oseberg feltsenter

Demanding, but fun

In total, the project generates over 350 tonnes of waste. In addition over 430 tonnes of equipment are to be installed.

"It has been a demanding project, but at the same time it has also been fun. The sceptics said that the project could not be done. We have proven the opposite," says Bækkevold.

"The project is managed from the offices in Bergen, while the engineering has been carried out in Singapore. When we work so closely together and intensely as we have done on this project, it creates many good relationships," he concludes.

Published 2012-01-27, 11:36 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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