Beerenberg became involved back in 2014, in the early stages of the project. This was when Benarx mobilised engineers to Wood Group Mustang in London which carried out the design phase of the project. The Benarx engineers then travelled to Singapore to supervise the actual construction process.
SUPERVISION, TRAINING AND INSTRUCTIONS
“We were briefed on the project early on and were involved in the choice of technical solutions – something which was very important and useful to us in order to ensure the highest possible overall quality of the delivery,” says Ole Lars Øye, SVP Operations at Benarx. In addition to the company’s own resources, Benarx in Singapore also worked alongside the local supplier Austin Energy, which manufactured steel cases and boxes for Benarx. The local firm also helped fit the insulation products.
“We were responsible for providing NORSOK training and instruction in how to install our products as well as supervising the installation process, both in Poland and in Singapore,” says Øye.
SMOE project manager Mr Prathaban says the collaboration with Benarx went very smoothly and is full of praise for the job the two parties carried out together.
“It’s important for SMOE to forge a good relationship with partners and suppliers such as Benarx right from the start. This ensures that the project in question is delivered to specifications and to plan while also paving the way for a more long-term relationship,” he says. Benarx has installed workshop facilities to allow minor modifications to be carried out on site without having to transport the object in and out of the installation. “This is a highly effective solution with regard to both cost and time,” says Prathaban, pointing out that this was important to the progress of the project and a key reason why SMOE chose Benarx.
“Being able to quickly carry out modifications and therefore continuing operations without delay is essential.”
THE IVAR AASEN FIELD
The Ivar Aasen field was discovered in 2008, and the start of production is planned for Q4 2016. The Ivar Aasen field is located west of the Johan Sverdrup field on the NCS. The field holds around 240 million barrels of oil equivalents and involves five licences. The field will be producing around 75,000 barrels of oil and gas a day at its peak. Its expected lifespan is 20 years. Det Norske Oljeselskap, the operator of the Ivar Aasen development, awarded the contract for the construction of the platform deck to SMOE in Singapore. The SMOE contract involves engineering, buying and construction. The platform deck weighs 13,700 tonnes. Integrated in the platform are also an accommodation block for 70 people and a helideck. There are plants for processing, gas compression, separation, water injection, flare stack and measuring.
A ROUGH RIDE
Commercial Manager Tonje Foss at Det Norske (DN) says that Ivar Aasen is the company’s first development project and has therefore been something of a baptism of fire for the firm.
“It’s been very important for us to succeed since everybody’s eyes are on us. As a new player in the industry, there has been much anticipation as to whether DN could handle a project like this.”
“I won’t deny that it’s been a rough ride and a challenging project,” says Foss, who can finally declare the project complete. She adds that Benarx has every reason to be proud of the work that has been carried out.
“Not a single HSE incident has been recorded, and the quality of both the work and the products has been good,” she says.
AN IMPORTANT BUILDING BLOCK
The construction of the topside section for Ivar Aasen is an important building block in what has perhaps been deemed the most critical module as it was being built in Asia, a region which has historically seen projects hampered by delays and cost overruns. “Multiple factors have helped make this project a success. Firstly, DN was the biggest client at the yard during the construction period, which allowed SMOE to be flexible. We weren’t just one of a number of parallel projects at the yard. There was good access to resources after arriving in Singapore, something which has obviously been of great benefit,” Foss explains.
“Close supervision of the integration with SMOE and making adjustment to the supervisory team after arriving on site also played a part in the successful outcome,” says Foss, adding that the line between message and decision was short, which was always helpful in a hectic process where decisions had to be made quickly and efficiently.