It has been a hectic autumn for Aibel Thailand which is building the Main Support Frame (MSF) module for Johan Sverdrup’s P2 process platform. Throughout the autumn, some 2,100 workers have been busy at the company’s yard in Laem Chabang.
In November, the project reached a major milestone when the first section of the module was lifted into place on the grillage, safely and on schedule. Weighing 987.5 tonnes, this is the heaviest lift ever performed by Aibel Thailand, and also the heaviest onshore lift of a section in Aibel’s history.
First deck complete
The company is now reaching another milestone in the project, with the completion of the first deck. The deck covers an area the size of a football pitch, and is the first of four similar deliverables in the P2 project. The deck itself weighs a total of 2,000 tonnes, while the total weight of the entire MSF module when it is ready to depart will be 14,100 tonnes.
“The team here in Thailand has put in an incredible effort,” says Harald Revheim, the construction manager for Johan Sverdrup P2 in Thailand. “The work has been performed without any serious injuries, and its quality is very good. We have been especially impressed by the critical work carried out for the metallisation of deck 1. This is a solid beginning for the delivery of the complete MSF module in February 2021, and a good example of what we are able to achieve here at Aibel Thailand, in close partnership with our customer Equinor,” says Revheim.
Suriya Phojit is the construction manager for the MSF module and does not deny that it can be challenging to manage a team consisting of hundreds of employees from different backgrounds and cultures.
“Right from the start of the project, we were aware of the need for open dialogue, and we encouraged the employees to share their experiences. The more we talk to each other, the better we understand each other, so we put a lot of effort into encouraging and motivating everyone to work as part of a team,” says Phojit. “I am immensely proud of the effort the employees have put into the project so far and I’m convinced that the MSF module for JSP2 will reach the highest standard we have ever achieved. It is important we now maintain this excellent trend, and keep the focus on team work, safety, quality and good planning, because there will be many challenging tasks to face in the next 12 months before the structure sails to Norway,” says Phojit.
At Aibel’s office in Asker, the project is forging ahead, with staff committed to completing the major design work.
“The team has now produced about 40,000 drawings from an estimated 55,000, so the bulk of the work is in the bag and the focus is on maintaining our tempo and quality until the final IFC drawing in late March,” says Berit Gjellan, Engineering Manager for Johan Sverdrup Phase 2.
“We have enjoyed really excellent cooperation with engineering in Thailand and Singapore and with manufacturing and procurement, where we have jointly managed to prioritise and adapt the deliverables. The downsizing of the supplier market since Sverdrup phase 1 has led to long lead times, especially in pipes and valves. Despite this, the delivery situation has been handled without notable delays thanks to clear prioritisation from the team in Thailand,” says Gjellan.