Fifteen engineers from KBR's Leatherhead office recently undertook a visit and fabrication course at the Kvaerner Stord Yard in Norway to see how their designs can come to life. KBR's joint venture with Kvaerner (under the name K2JV), is currently delivering an EPC platform topsides project in the Johan Sverdrup field development in the Norwegian continental shelf for Statoil.
This site visit provided a unique opportunity for KBR's developing engineers to see the end result of their work firsthand. KBR's Hilary Hill, Director of Engineering, said: "It is incredibly valuable for our engineers to experience the reality of their engineering and design work first hand. I thank our joint venture partners and the project team for enabling this fantastic opportunity to take place. At KBR, we remain dedicated to nurturing the careers of our graduate engineers and pursuing development opportunities wherever possible."
For many on the trip, it was their first visit to a topsides project site and the experience helped put their day jobs into context in a more meaningful way.
Alice Parish-Matheson, a KBR Process Engineer, said, "The trip to Kvaerner fabrication yard was a great opportunity to experience a live construction site and actually see the scale of the modules that make up the platform in real-life."
Abhi Panda, Associate Technical Professional and chairperson for KBR's young professional organization, IMPACT, said, "It was a great opportunity to visit Johan Sverdrup and provided some context to what we see as technical drawings on paper. It was interesting to experience a fabrication site and learn about how Kvaerner manage the construction phase of the project and the planning that goes into it. Nothing prepared me for the size, scale and in some cases the luxuries designed for the living quarters and it would be great to see it when it is finally completed."
KBR began work on the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters topsides project in 2015 and recently achieved an exciting milestone with the safe load out of the 12,500 ton utility module. Visit KBR's newsroom to read more about the