Helifuel has delivered a complete helicopter refueling system for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen platform, which may be the most extreme development project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
Statoil purchased Helifuel’s equipment package directly for the Aasta Hansteen platform in the Norwegian Sea. Other packages was provided by the Hyundai shipyard in South Korea. The extraordinary Aasta Hansteen project has been called Statoil’s ‘final exam.’ It is more than 300 kilometers from land, in water depths of 1,300 meters deep and north of the Arctic Circle. Most things about Aasta Hansteen are extreme: The weather, the wind, the frigid temperatures and the distances.
“There can’t be any mistakes. Everything has to work from day one. For us, a contract like this is a major vote of confidence,” says Jorunn Håvardsholm, managing director of Helifuel
Standards and quality
“The fact of the matter is that helicopter refueling systems affect everyone traveling to or from a platform, so this is not the first time we have seen an owner wanting full control of the procurement process,” continues Håvardsholm.
As far as possible, Statoil wanted standardized solutions to keep costs down. This system is based on Helifuel’s standard solutions with minor adjustments.
Helifuel has developed a standard portfolio over many years that is highly flexible and well proven in the market.
Safe and user-friendly
“For projects like this there has to be a tight dialogue with the engineers and _ above all _ with the users of the helicopter refueling system. It is easy to overlook the role of the user in such processes. Statoil has done a very good job of including those who regularly use the equipment,” says Håvardsholm.
Unusual circumstances meant that the Statoil contract had a very short delivery time.
“For Helifuel, this was a sort of exam. Delivering agreed quality on time is the best gateway to new contracts,” says Håvardsholm.
The industry is very focused on delivery deadlines being met, since delays can lead to major financial losses.
“Helifuel’s record proves that our staff can spring into action and deliver quickly. We have a lot of practice in such situations,” says Håvardsholm.
Facts about Aasta Hansteen:
- On the same latitude as the city of Bodø, north of the Arctic Circle.
- Strong currents and large waves make the waters difficult to work in.
- Water depths if 1,300 meters, 300 kilometers from land.
- Water temperature of minus 1.5C on the seabed.
- Estimated recoverable reserves of 47 billion standard cubic meters of gas.
- Online by the end of 2018.
- Statoil is the operator.