Fossil Energy – Unmanned Platform
Aker BP has awarded Aibel, a Norwegian engineering and construction firm, a contract worth around $706,1 million to build the Munin offshore platform (formerly Krafla) in the Yggdrasil area, offshore Norway.
The contract comes after Aker BP and its partners submitted eleven plans for the development and operation of offshore fields in Norway on Friday.
Aibel will be responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction connected with delivering an unmanned process platform, also known as an UPP.
The project will be based on Aibel’s FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) for Munin, which was awarded in 2021.
“Key priorities for the project have been safety in design, minimal maintenance requirements, and simplification of systems and functions on the platform using high-reliability equipment, automation, and digitalization, applying a so-called “design to operate” philosophy,” Aibel explained.
According to Aibel, Munin will not have a helicopter deck nor living quarters, and it will be the first process platform on the Norwegian continental shelf designed from the start for ordinary operation without a crew.
Aibel said that the platform would have a “relatively lean design, be operated from shore, and be available for maintenance with SOV (Service Operations Vessel).”
Project management, procurement and engineering services will mainly be carried out at Aibel’s Oslo office, with peak staffing of around 300 people. Construction will take place at Aibel’s yards in Haugesund and Thailand.