Aibel grabs a slice of the pie at Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 project

first_imgAibel noted that the construction of the P2 process platform will follow the same implementation model that Aibel has used for the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. This means that the platform will consist of three modules, from which two – the upper process module (UPM) and converter module (HVDC) – will be built at the company’s yard in Haugesund. The third module – the main support frame (MSF) – will be built at Aibel’s yard in Thailand.Construction activities will start in the first quarter of 2019. Integration of the three modules is planned to start in the second quarter of 2021, and will take place at the yard in Haugesund. The finished platform deck, at around 23,000 tons, is scheduled for delivery to Statoil in the first half of 2022.An area-wide solution by 2022 for power from shore to the Utsira High area, is an integrated part of the phase 2 development where another power converter will be installed on the new processing platform.Statoil noted that the contracts are subject to Norwegian government approval of the plan for development and operation for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 due to be submitted in the second half of 2018. Norway’s Statoil has awarded Aibel a letter of intent for the construction of the processing platform topside for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea off Norway.The final contract is expected to be signed later this year and has an estimated value of NOK 8 billion ($1.02B), Aibel said on Thursday.Statoil also on Thursday awarded a letter of intent to a 50/50 joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development.Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019. Production start for phase 2 is planned in 2022.CEO and President of Aibel, Mads Andersen, said: “The organization has gained substantial expertise from the delivery of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform, which is currently undergoing completion at our yard in Haugesund. We are looking forward to continuing realization of the next phase of the Sverdrup field along with Statoil.”According to Statoil, the second Johan Sverdrup processing platform (P2) will extend production capacity on the field from 440,000 to 660,000 barrels of oil per day after startup in 2022.The contract includes engineering, procurement and fabrication (EPC) work, which starts immediately and will be headed up from Aibel’s office in Asker. Aibel’s engineering office in Thailand and the company’s own yards in Thailand and Haugesund will also be key to the delivery, which at its peak, will involve around 3,500 employees. Three moduleslast_img read more

Nadal & Djokovic stay on course to meet in French Open semis

first_imgRAFAELl Nadal continued his superb form with a dominant 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut to move easily into the French Open tennis quarter-finals.Second seed Novak Djokovic remains on course to face Nadal in the semi-finals after a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 6-3 win against 19th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Nadal, 31, is looking to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam event.He will face another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, in the last eight.Margaret Court is the only player to have won 10 or more titles at one Grand Slam event, winning the Australian Open on 11 occasions between 1960 and 1973.Nadal now has a 76-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros with his only defeats coming against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.Nadal’s victory was not quite as simple as Friday’s incredible 6-0 6-1 6-0 defeat of Nikoloz Basilashvili but the fourth seed has not dropped a set yet.It is the 11th time he has reached the quarter-finals at the French Open – a record shared with Roger Federer.Carreno Busta, 25, reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final with a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 8-6 win over Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic.Carreno Busta, seeded 20th, failed to convert six match points in the deciding set before eventually grinding down last year’s Wimbledon runner-up.And a first career win against a top-10 ranked opponent will be rewarded with a meeting against nine-time champion Nadal.Djokovic through after sticky startTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 30, has not found his way through the draw as easily as old rival Nadal – especially during a gruelling five-set win against unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the previous round.Ramos-Vinolas’ resistance in a 73-minute opening set, where Djokovic had his serve broken twice to trail 4-2 before fighting back to win the tie-breaker, indicated it could be another battle for the Serb.But any fears he might have had were unfounded.Djokovic won the first four games on his way to wrapping up the second set in 28 minutes, then broke again in the sixth game of the third set – after Ramos-Vinolas saved a break point two games earlier following a thrilling 41-shot rally – before serving out to victory.Before thinking about the prospect of facing Nadal in the last four, Djokovic’s first task is to overcome sixth seed Dominic Thiem.The 23-year-old Austrian – like Nadal and third seed Stan Wawrinka – has not dropped a set on his way to the last eight, needing little over an hour and a half to win 6-1 6-3 6-1 against unseeded Argentine Horacio Zeballos.Nishikori through in five setsJapan’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare to beat unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung in five sets.Nishikori, 27, needed almost four hours to win 7-5 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-6 6-4 in a third-round match finished on Sunday after the previous day’s rain delay.“I think the rain helped me a lot, because I was really down in the fourth set and mentally I wasn’t ready,” said Nishikori, whose only Grand Slam final appearance came when he lost at the 2014 US Open.“I knew I had to change something to beat him, so I think I made some adjustments to make it a little better than yesterday.”Big-serving American John Isner, seeded 21, was knocked out in his third-round match by Karen Khachanov of Russia, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).The 21-year-old will now face British world number one Andy Murray in the fourth round on Monday.French 15th seed Gael Monfils reached the fourth round for a seventh time when compatriot Richard Gasquet withdrew from their rain-delayed match with a thigh injury.Monfils, 30, was leading 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 4-3 when his opponent withdrew, setting up a last-16 meeting with Wawrinka.(BBC Sport)last_img read more