STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has contracted Aibel to upgrade the Njord Bravo floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel in the Norwegian Sea, under a NOK1.3-billion ($167-million) contract.
This will prepare the vessel for extended operations to receive production from the Njord and Hyme fields and the new Bauge and Fenja developments.
Aibel will undertake extensive upgrading and maintenance of the vessel, in addition to installation of equipment on board for reducing emissions to air (VOCs).
It will have overall responsibility for fabrication, installation, construction, shop engineering and procurement to achieve mechanical completion on the FSO, and will also assist Statoil with commissioning.
The storage vessel should arrive at the contractor’s Haugesund yard in early July, and at peak, the project will engage around 600 people.
TheNjord Bravo should be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.
The Njord field came onstream in 1997, and both theNjord A semisubmersible platform and the storage vessel are being upgraded for an additional 20 years of operation. Both were towed in 2016 to shore, respectively to Stord and Haugesund.
Aibel also issued updates on its construction program for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup project in the North Sea.
Thedrilling platform (built by Aibel) and the riser platform (built by Samsung in South Korea) are both at the Haugesund yard undergoing final preparations prior to sail-away to the field location.
Two cranes are being hoisted and installed on the riser platform, each measuring 69 x 18.5 m (226 x 60.7 ft) and weighing 182 tons.
The riser platform should depart later this month, followed by the drilling platform around end-May/early June.