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Making Industrial History

– On this particular project there is no alternative. We have to be efficient. We need predictability, good HSE and quite simply the best surface treatment engineers – which luckily we have, smiles Site Manager Monica Off.

In the summer of 2015 Beerenberg entered into a five-year framework agreement on surface treatment with Kværner Verdal. The contract will see Beerenberg provide everything to do with cleaning, sandblasting, masking, spray painting and touching up at the yard until 2020. For the next two years the Beerenbergers will be kept busy working on Johan Sverdrup jacket structures in Verdal.

 

A PIECE OF NORWEGIAN HISTORY

 

Johan Sverdrup is one of the biggest finds ever made on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the associated industrial development project is one of the most expansive in Norwegian history. The first phase of the project will see the construction of four installations, to include an equipment and accommodation platform, a processing platform, a drilling rig and riser platform, as well as three seabed well frames for water injection. In the field the platforms will be connected by footbridges. Kværner has signed a deal with Statoil on the delivery of three (of a total of four) steel jackets for the new field. Work on the riser platform began in autumn 2015, while construction of the drilling platform and processing platform will commence in autumn 2016.

 

Monica Off

“When we do things in the right order and keep things neat and tidy, we also minimise the risk of incidents” SITE MANAGER: MONICA OFF
PHOTO: TANJA RYGG DYRRDAL

EXPLOITING CAPACITY

 

The dimensions are enormous. For example, the processing platform alone will weigh 17,700 tonnes, and most surfaces will be treated by Beerenberg. At the Verdal yard the company has access to five large halls the size of handball pitches along with a large assembly area where there is constant activity.

– Good planning to ensure that we exploit the capacity of the halls is essential. Once a hall has been filled with pipe structures, our operators and working foremen spend between one and three weeks on the surface treatment, depending on the complexity of the structures, says Beerenberg Site Manager Monica Off.

 

QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY

 

All structures are treated according to a standardised procedure, which starts with degreasing and washing and then sandblasting. Next follow covering and masking before the pipes, bracing and frames can be spray-painted. And finally the surfaces are touched up (as seen in the picture) to ensure that all of them have been treated. Some of the most complex structures being treated consist of thin cylindrical railings that must be masked and painted using a separate paint system.

– This requires the executing operator to be able to deliver quality and efficiency as well as focus on HSE all at the same time, explains Off. She speaks highly of her operators and working foremen.

– Their specialist expertise is vital to the completion of this project. Quite simply, we need talented workers who can work quickly but correctly.

Beerenberg also has a dedicated quality controller (QC), who ensures that the elements being dispatched from the hall and completed in the assembly area comply with prevailing standards and procedures.

– This helps ensure that the quality of the delivered product represents the Beerenberg spirit: Beyond Expectations, says Off.

 

GOOD HSE PRACTICES

 

Beerenberg is on a fixed-price contract in Verdal. As well as maintaining strict control over costs, the project also relies on good HSE practices and quality.

– If your HSE practices fall short, you won’t be able to maintain focus on production. HSE should really be moving forward of its own accord. For that reason we spend a fair bit of time during group meetings talking about how we can improve our work processes. When we do things in the right order and keep things neat and tidy, we also minimise the risk of incidents, says Monica Off, adding that having a good relationship with the client is also an important success factor as far as HSE is concerned.

– When we work well with those around us and make each other better, then we also improve quality at every stage.

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