The Ivar Aasen topside is in place on the field at UtsiraHight. Approximately 15,000t was lifted onto the jacket with first oil expected in December 2016.

The Topside installation on field was completed without incidents and according to plan for the Ivar Aasen-development.

Bard Atle Hovd, VP Ivar Aasen Project, is very pleased with the installation.

It is always a relief when such a critical operation is finished. We are now entering the final phase of the project to prepare the platform for first oil in December. We are on the home stretch of a project that we have implemented as planned”.

Global project

The main part of the topside was built in Singapore. The transport started on the 6th of June 2016 and took the shortcut through the Suez Canal before arriving at field one month later. The living Quarters, which had been lifted onto the deck, was built at Stord.

Altogether, several thousand people participated in the construction of Ivar Aasen. Bard Atle Hovd acknowledges the tremendous effort from the companies that have been involved in the transportation and installation. This includes transportation by Cosco, Saipem for lifting all the modules in place with the powerful crane vessel Saipem 7000, and Aibel who has the completion contract of the platform to start of production.

Many people involved

During the weekend, the bridge between the accommodation unit Prosafe Zephyrus and the platform was installed. This means that completion can begin. The next weeks and months,up to 400 people will work together on the field.

Bard Atle Hovd says this is an important milestone for the project and everyone involved.

“This is the first major development project for Detnorske as operator. It is important for me to emphasize that we reach our goals by working as one team with one goal”

The Ivar Aasen field is developed and operated from Trondheim.