A blessed project

This week, the first cut was made for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform. According to tradition, the steel was also blessed by Buddhist monks.

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All photos: Piyawat Hirunwattanasuk/Aibel.

It was a solemn gathering when the first steel was cut recently at Aibel's subcontractor Deeline in Thailand. Managers, employees, clients, suppliers and other invited guests were gathered to witness the event.

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The guests of honour were a group of Buddhist monks. They started the ceremony with traditional Buddhist chanting, before they were presented with food by representatives from Statoil, Aibel and Deeline. Next, the steel plate and representatives from the involved companies were blessed by the monks.

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Aibel Thailand is the first yard to launch the construction of the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. The yard in Thailand is responsible for the largest of the platform's three modules, the Main Support Frame (MSF), which will have a weight of approx. 10,500 tonnes. Once completed in Thailand, the module will be transported to Norway for assembly and hook-up.

"This is a prominent event in a striking project. It also marks an important milestone. We are now entering a new phase and have started the construction of the largest of the three modules, says Aibel's Project Director Stig Jessen".

Watch a short video from the event here: