Fossil Energy – Njord A
Following several years of extensive upgrades, the drilling and production platform Njord A is ready for handover to Equinor.
Towing it back to the field has started today, March 22. The project has provided more than 6,000 man-years in Norway and the Norwegian share of value creation from the project has been around 95 percent.
Njord A has been described as Norway’s largest renovation project. After the contract was signed on March 17, 2017, significant upgrades have been carried out on the hull and the platform deck to extend its lifetime for another 20 years of production.
“A refurbishment project is never easy, especially at this size and complexity, and with the addition of having to be carried out in the middle of a pandemic with a shortage of labor and a strict infection control regime. This makes me even more proud that we have now reached this important milestone. However, I am most proud that we have carried out this large scope of work at our Stord yard without a single serious injury to either people or material,” said Sturla Magnus, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ topside and facilities business.
“Njord A is now ready for several decades of energy production and value creation for the greater society. The project has had significant ripple effects, contributing to a lot of activity both for Aker Solutions and a large number of supplier companies which in various ways have contributed to the project,” said Magnus.
In recent weeks, the platform has been in Klosterfjorden on the west coast of Norway, conducting various sea trials.
“The sea trials are now complete, and we are on schedule for delivery and tow out to the field. Compared to the original version of the platform delivered in 1997, it is a quite different platform that is now ready to be transported back to the Njord field. Hardly any part of the platform has remained untouched, and the total deadweight has increased by 23 percent. The upgrades on the hull have increased the platform’s buoyancy by 24 percent, and the payload capacity on the platform deck has increased by 31 percent,” said Carl van der Hagen, project director at Aker Solutions, who was also involved in the construction of the original platform in the 90s.