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Major Norwegian-Thai offshore module successfully completed in Laem Chabang

On Thursday 27th of July, the Ambassador attended the completion ceremony for the Main Support Frame (MSF) module of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform, in Laem Chabang. The ceremony marked the end of a two-year long project between Aibel Thailand and Statoil, which ended with the successful, on-time delivery of the MSF module.

The MSF module is the largest of four modules that together will comprise the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform. Weighing approximately 10.500 tons with a perimeter equivalent to a spacious football pitch, it is the largest platform module ever built on Thai soil.

During the completion ceremony, the main actors involved expressed their gratitude for successfully completing the project. Project director Kjetel Digre stated, “This is a truly great day, but there is also mixed feelings because it is the end of a great project”. He noted that the project has generated huge interest in Norway due to its complexity and size adding, “The successful on time delivery of the module provides a promising future for collaborations between Aibel and Statoil”. President of Aibel Thailand, Mads Andersen also extended his gratitude to the ambassador for his continuous support for Aibel’s projects.

In his speech, the Ambassador highlighted the close collaboration between Thailand and Norway, expressing the importance of the project in enhancing commercial ties between our two countries. He stated, “Today is a day to be proud of in Thailand and in Norway. Thai employees should be proud”. The Ambassador also praised Statoil and Aibel for its contributions to Norway and moreover to Thailand’s economy and social development.

Bonggot Anuroj, Senior Executive Advisor to the Thai Board of Investment, also underlined the significance of the project in strengthening the ties between Norway and Thailand. She moreover highlighted the importance of the project in further enhancing human capital in Thailand, stating that Thailand Board of Investment is committed to facilitate future investments from Norway and Aibel.

In addition to speeches from the main actors, the completion ceremony also featured a traditional dance performance, and ended with a guided tour of the MSF module.