Aibel doing final preparations on two Sverdrup platforms

first_imgTwo platforms for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development off Norway are now at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund, Norway, following the arrival of the riser platform from South Korea. The first of the two, the drilling platform, was built by Aibel. Following the integration of three modules that constitute the drilling platform in Klosterfjorden in September 2017, the platform was moved to Haugesund where it was moored over autumn and winter for installation completion.The drilling platform was joined by the riser platform on Wednesday, Aibel said on Thursday. The second of the two platforms was built by Samsung Heavy’s shipyard in South Korea. Its journey to Norway started in late February.Both platforms are now undergoing the final preparations at Aibel’s yard before sailaway to the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.Aibel will install two cranes on the riser platform before it heads to the field later this month. Aibel’s work includes hoisting and installing the two cranes, which is an operation that will take two to three days. Each crane measures 69 x 18.5 meters and weighs 182 tons.Bjørn Tollefsen, Aibel EVP Modifications and Yard Services, said: “It is the first time in history we have two big platforms at the yard at the same time, and it is a fantastic sight. Also, when you get to see two of the four Johan Sverdrup platforms together like this, it is a rather unique preview of how it is going to look out on the field.”According to plan, the finished drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field will leave Aibel’s yard in Haugesund in the turn of the month May/June.Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf with expected resources of between 2.1—3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents. Production start for Phase One is planned for late 2019.Back in March, Statoil proceeded with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Statoil also awarded FEED contracts for Phase 2 to Aker Solution, Kværner, and Siemens.In April, Statoil moved ahead with its Phase 2 plans by awarding a contract for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development to a joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner. Aibel was awarded more work on the project with a contract for the construction of the processing platform topside.Phase 2 of the giant Johan Sverdrup development is scheduled to come on stream in 2022.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Regional officials strengthen partnership to fight crime

first_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Regional officials strengthen partnership to fight crime by: – November 14, 2011 From left: US Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant, Bahamas Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Minister of National Security of Antigua and Barbuda Dr Errol Cort. Photo: Tony Grant Jr NASSAU, Bahamas — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other US agencies are working with Caribbean partners through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) to develop a fingerprint collection system that will help check criminals against terrorism and criminal databases, US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said on Thursday.“Once this system is operational, we believe it will allow for sharing of information between the United States and participating Caribbean countries,” said Napolitano, who spoke at the 2nd Annual CBSI Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.She outlined various initiatives — including aviation security training and anti-terrorism assessments — which she said are examples of strong, cooperative models that work, and that can be expanded and used to strengthen regional cooperation in other areas.“Ultimately, our success will hinge on how well we continue to work together within the framework of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to advance our common goals.”Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who also addressed the high-level gathering, said it was an important opportunity for regional leaders to act together to counter their countries’ continued vulnerability to transnational criminal activity, including drugs and arms trafficking, human smuggling, illegal immigration and money laundering. “The costs of the security measures we are required to take are daunting,” Ingraham said. “This is further complicated by the economic challenges generally faced by the region and now by the slow recovery from the global economic and financial crisis which continues to impact our own economies.”Ingraham expressed confidence that CBSI cooperation will measurably reduce transnational trafficking of all kinds.“The matters coming before this dialogue highlight the priorities to which our partnership will turn its attention in the year ahead: firearms controls, prison reform, juvenile justice and greater public and private sector and civil cooperation,” he said.“At the core of all our endeavours must be our commitment to the mutually supportive cooperative partnership we have established, that will foster greater regional coordination and ensure long-term sustainment of Caribbean-United States efforts.”The prime minister also acknowledged “a time-honoured” relationship between The Bahamas and the US Coast Guard in the area of search and rescue.He noted that on Wednesday night, a mail and passenger boat, the M/V Legacy, ran aground and was taking on water just off the coast of Abaco with 18 people including a child on board.Ingraham noted that it was determined that conditions would not permit a rescue by boat.He said only the US Coast Guard helicopter, dispatched from Andros, was able to rescue the nine crew and the nine passengers from the Legacy and transport them all to safety to Marsh Harbour, Abaco.Napolitano said that the Coast Guard and US government partners have committed to provide boats and related training to a number of Caribbean countries totaling $10.9 million to date.“In the future, we want to build on these efforts by working through the CBSI to improve our domain awareness in the Caribbean,” she said.“This increased collaboration may include sharing technology with partner countries, creating a system to share near real-time information about threats, and developing a maritime and air control strategy.“We also hope to work with you to create a new forum to share best practices and develop new tactics to counter drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations.”By Candia DamesNassau Guardian News Editor Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 26 Views   no discussionslast_img read more