The story of Gudrun

Aibel was awarded the contract for constructing the Gudrun topsides in July 2010. Three years later, the giant is being towed out into the North Sea.

Gudrun will set sail from the yard in Haugesund tomorrow. The project is delivered to Statoil as planned and it will enter Aibel’s history books as one of the largest projects the company has ever delivered.

 load out

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved," says Jon Garborg, Project director at Aibel.

Aibel in Haugesund, Asker, Singapore and Thailand have collaborated on the project. Two of the deck modules (M20 and M30) were built in Thailand. The last one (M10) was built in Haugesund, where the deck was also assembled.

You can read the full story of Aibel and Gudrun below. The project in pictures can be viewed on Aibel’s Facebook page.

Gudrun load out 15.04.13.


12,000 tons moved to barge - 18 June

Gudrun on wheels - 17 April


Gudrun has arrived - 13 November

A 6,000 tonnes package from Thailand - 12 November

The giant is on its way from Thailand - 3 October

Celebrating Gudrun in Thailand - 1 October

The living quarters fitted without damage - 24 September

Living quarters in the air - 22 September

The first module is moved out of the North Sea Hall - 16 September

Gudrun’s living quarters arrives in Haugesund - 11 September

New level in place on the Gudrun module - 23 april

Gudrun sections from Poland lifted ashore - 28 March

The first deck is jacked into place - 14 March

Gudrun is rising at the yard in Thailand - 5 March

First shipment with parts for Gudrun arrives in Haugesund - 8 January

Monks blessed first Gudrun steel


Mayor cut first steel in Haugesund - 19 May

Monks blessed first Gudrun steel - April


Statoil awarded Aibel the contract for Gudrun deck - 20 July


Aibel AS is awarded FEED contract for Gudrun topsides - March


Facts about Gudrun

Gudrun is an oil and gas field situated in the middle of the Norwegian part of the North Sea, in license area PL025, approximately 55 kilometres north of the Sleipner installations.

The licensees in PL025 are: Statoil, operator (75 per cent) and GdF Suez (25 per cent). Production is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2014.

The recoverable reserve is 126.5 million barrels of oil equivalent. The field is being developed using a production platform with a steel jacket. It will have aprocess facility for partial stabilisation of oil and gas. Transport of oil and gas to the Sleipner A platform.

Two of the deck modules (M20 and M30) were built in Thailand and the last one (M10) was built in Haugesund, where the deck was also assembled. The jacket was constructed by Kværner Verdal and the living quarters were built by Apply Leirvik at Stord.

The total investment framework for the field development is approximately NOK 19 billion.

Published 2013-07-16, 11:30 CET Updated 2014-01-22, 03:33 CET

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