Two Sverdrup platforms at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund

It makes an unusual and magnificent sight with two huge platforms at Aibel’s yard at the same time. Soon, these two giants will be placed alongside each other at the Johan Sverdrup field.

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The riser platform (left) arriving in Haugesund on board the transport vessel White Marlin. All photos: Øyvind Sætre/Aibel.

The drilling platform, which is constructed by Aibel, was joined by the riser platform at the yard yesterday. Both platforms are undergoing the final preparations before sail-away to the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.

The riser platform was constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries’ yard in South Korea, and makes a stop at Aibel’s yard to get two platform cranes installed, before leaving for the field later this month.

Aibel’s work includes hoisting and installing the two cranes, which is an operation that will take two to three days. Each crane measures 69 x 18.5 metres and weighs 182 tons

“It is the first time in history we have two big platforms at the yard at the same time, and it is a fantastic sight. Also, when you get to see two of the four Johan Sverdrup platforms together like this, it is a rather unique preview of how it is going to look out on the field, says Bjørn Tollefsen,” EVP Modifications and Yard Services.

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The riser platform in place in front of the drilling platform.

According to plan, the finished drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field will leave Aibel’s yard in Haugesund in the turn of the month May/June.