The first cut for Aibel’s P-74 project was carried out in Thailand. Aibel is delivering five topside modules to the P-74 FPSO. The contract for procurement and construction was signed this summer. Aibel’s client for the project is Estaleiros do Brasil (EBR), a consortium between Toyo Engineering, a repeat customer of Aibel, and SoG – Oleo e Gas. The FPSO will operate in Brazilian waters for Petrobras. The last of the Aibel modules is to leave the yard in Laem Chabang in august 2014. “This project starts just as fabrication finishes on the Troll project, so it fits in well with the needs of Aibel Thailand”, Managing Director Jim Ryan at Aibel Thailand explains.
The first cut ceremony took place at Deeline, which is partly owned by Aibel. The master monk placed gold leafs on the steel plate that was to be cut, sprinkled it with holy water and chanted blessings. The ceremony lasted for several hours. EBR’s Construction Manager Hisano and Deeline Managing Director Manit Jimlimlert were also present on the occasion.
“We appreciate that we could make the first cut one month earlier than originally planned. This takes some pressure off the schedule”, K. Thanakorn, Aibel’s project manager, concludes.