Norwegian offshore yard Aibel has an order from Norwegian/British consortium Aker BP to construct a new type of offshore oil and gas production platform. With the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract Aibel is responsible to deliver the Munin unmanned process platform. The project will be based on Aibel's previous front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the platform 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 digitalisation, applying a so-called "design to operate" philosophy.
The Munin platform will not have a helicopter deck nor living quarters, and it will be the first process platform on the Norwegian continental shelf designed from start for ordinary operation without a crew. The platform will have a relatively lean design, be operated from shore, and be available for maintenance with service operations vessels.
Munin will act as a production platform where the gas goes directly for export, while oil and water are directed into a shared pipe to the Hugin A platform. 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.
Aibel to construct production platform of the future