Ivar Aasen Platform Installed

Published at 05:44PM - 19/07/16

Det Norske Oljeselskap announced on its Facebook page that it has successfully installed the Ivar Aasen platform in the Norwegian section of the North Sea.

The Norwegian company posted today that the facility had been installed on Monday, with Module M00 lifted from the Xiang Rui Kou vessel, owned by Cosco.

“This was a very smooth operation with no clashes or damage”, the company said.

Ivar Aasen Platform Installed

The company added that the lifting of the module from the Cosco-owned vessel took place early in the morning, about 500 metres (1,640 feet) from the jacket, taking just over three hours.

“MOO was in its final set-down location on top of the jacket at 10:28”, the company stated.

The Saipem 7000 heavy lift vessen then moved to the jacked with the module suspended from the crane hooks and lowered the module into place, the company  explained.

The platform had sailed away from SMOE’s Sembawang yard in Singapore in June on the Xiang Rui Kou vessel.

Johan Sverdrup to Start Producing in December

The living quarters module was completed by Norwegian contractor Apply Leirvik, weighing 2,300 tonnes, with a total height of 40 metres (131 feet) and containing 70 cabins, recreation areas, offices, a hospital, control rooms and a helicopter deck.

The Ivar Aasen field is located west of the Johan Sverdrup field and is estimated to hold 204 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in five blocks and three deposits.

Production is scheduled to start in December 2016 and is expected to last for up to twenty years, depending on oil prices and production trends.

Det norske, the operator of the field (34.8%) had announced earlier this month that the platform was ready to be installed with a planned start-up in the fourth quarter of the year.

Last updated on 07:49AM - 20/07/16