Njord A now being prepared for the North West Flank

Aibel is modyfing the process plant on the platform. This is the biggest project the Kristiansund office has ever handled.

Njord A - Nordvestflanken 3
(Photo: Aibel)

"Yes, this is the biggest in terms of hours and money," says Project Manager Rolf Torvik, Aibel AS.

The field Njord North West Flank is in the Norwegian Sea, around six kilometres North West of the Njord platform. The field contains rich gas and condensate and is expected to extend Njord's service life by up to two years.

"We're modifying the process plant on Njord A to get it ready for the North West Flank wells. The North West Flank has higher pressure than the main reservoir, which affects the design," says Torvik.

Order worth NOK 100 million

The project started in late 2010 and was the first which Aibel in Kristiansund received as a result of the new framework agreement for maintenance and modification work with Statoil.

"A framework agreement such as this one always puts pressure on resources. And we have also had to adjust to the new conditions in the contract, new tools and we have gotten to know the people on the other side of the table," explains Torvik.

What sort of challenge does the size of the project represent?

"Aibel in Kristiansund is a location which usually handles smaller modification work. The North West Flank is a medium-sized project with 110,000 man hours, and worth about NOK 100 million. We've kept to the schedule all the way, which shows that even a small office like Kristiansund can handle larger projects," states Torvik.

Kristiansund hus
Aibels office in Kristiansund. (Photo: Heine Schølberg/Aibel)

About 85% complete

Between 40 and 50 engineers in Kristiansund have been involved in the project. Prefabrication work has been performed at the Haugesund yard and by local subcontractors in the Kristiansund region.

"We are building units as much as possible onshore, and then lifting them into place on the platform. This helps us save time offshore as capacity on Njord is limited," explains Torvik.

Only the actual installation work is left to do on the platform now.

Njord A - Nordvestflanken 2
(Photo: Aibel)

"The first stage of the installation work started in May last year, and must be completed by the end of April. That means that about 85% of the project is complete," states the project manager. As far as Aibel are concerned, there will be a break in the work of about a year. This is because the work on the Hyme fast track project will be prioritised on the platform.

"We know Njord well"

Aibel has been working on Njord since it was built in 1997.

"We know the platform very well, and it's always great to be part of lifetime extension for the field," says Torvik.

The remaining offshore installation work will start in Q2 next year. Aibel is to be finished with the refurbishment work by Q4 2013.

"By that time, the process plant on Njord A will be ready to receive production from the North West Flank," concludes the project manager.

Njord A platform
(Photo: Øyvind Nesvåg/ Statoil)

Published 2012-04-11, 10:25 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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