It took 14 months from steel cutting at Kværner’s yard in Verdal, Transportation and finally, Installation of The Valhall Flank West topsides on Saturday, 22 June.
Aker BP is investing NOK 5.5 billion in Valhall Flank West. The break-even price for the development is USD 28.5 per bbl. Around 1500 people have been involved in the project.
Both the topsides and the jacket were delivered ahead of schedule, under budget and with no serious injuries.
Aker BP is the operator of the Valhall Flank Vest with Pandion as partner. The platform is the first to be delivered under the wellhead platform alliance between Aker BP, Aker Solutions, Kværner and ABB. It sailed from Kværner in Verdal on Sunday 16 June and arrived at the field with no carry-over-work from the yard. That means a significant reduction in the work scope offshore, said Aker BP.
Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO Aker BP said: “This is probably the most complete platform ever installed in the North Sea. All planned construction work is complete and just seven per cent of the commissioning phase remains. I am truly impressed by the job the alliance has done here.”
“We see a definite effect from the alliance model in the Valhall Flank West project. Compared with similar projects, we have seen substantial reductions in both cost, engineering hours and construction of the topsides and jacket. Quality has been delivered from day one of the project, and we have not experienced any serious injuries,” says Hersvik.
Heerema’s lifting vessel ‘Thialf’ was used to place the 2000-tonne topsides on the jacket, Thursday evening. The entire operation was complete on Saturday morning as planned.
Valhall has produced one billion barrels since the field opened in 1982. The ambition is to produce another billion barrels during the next 40 years.