An adventure on the high seas
Working on an oil and gas facility in the middle of the North Sea is never an easy endeavour. It’s all part of the job for the closely knit crew at KAEFER Energy in Norway, who braved the challenging conditions to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Follow the world’s longest offshore power cable emanating from the Norwegian coast for 162 kilometres and you’ll eventually reach the Martin Linge oil and gas installation. Far out in the North Sea, the climate is cold, rough and raw. Oil and gas were discovered here back in 1978 and the facilities that extracted these natural resources were traditionally powered by onsite generators. Now, the facility run by Equinor is connected to shore power, which reduces CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of the emissions from around 100,000 cars. The cable also makes it possible to operate the field from land with only limited offshore staff on site.
Martin Linge field
For KAEFER Energy’s Resource Coordinator Janne Goa, “Martin Linge is an “adventure”. It is a platform that needed significant upgrades to be ready for the Norwegian sector and for Norwegian conditions.” Construction Manager Tor Magne Gundersen agrees: “It was bigger than we could have ever imagined,” he says. “The organisational part of the project was an insanely challenging job. I am incredibly impressed with the efforts made by our resource department to be able to deliver personnel so we could reach our goals.”
A large job, to say the least
As an ISO supplier, KAEFER Energy was responsible for delivering project management, shop engineering, fabrication within insulation, surface protection, passive fire protection and rope access. “On top of that,” explains Jens Tolås, Vice President of KAEFER Energy, “we were responsible for architecture, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It was no mean feat.”
Only by working together did we manage to overcome the challenges and I’m proud to be part of such a great crew.
Yet despite the challenging environmental conditions and having to complete the project during one of the most intense phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was done efficiently and, more importantly, safely. There were more than 13,000 mobilisations offshore with no serious incidents involving either people or the environment. This points towards a strong safety culture as well as a commitment on the part of each individual employee to ensures that they contribute to a safe and secure workplace.
A seasoned crew
In addition to managing to complete the work to the clients satisfaction and returning from this “adventure” safely and securely, KAEFER’s crew appreciated the collegiality of working in a team. Senior Engineer Lars Bertelsen “loved the versatility of the job as well as working with a great bunch of people”. Rope Access Superintendent Øystein Tofting comments: “The best thing about KAEFER Energy are the people and doing something different every day.” Janne Goa agrees and adds, “we all stood together and took on immense challenges. Only by working together did we manage to overcome them and I’m proud to be part of such a great crew.”