In mid-2015, we delivered the Bøyla Project to Marathon Oil Norge/ Det Norske Oljeselskap, consisting in the development of the Bøyla field using a subsea facility tied back to a FPSO. All the flowlines, umbilicals, risers and subsea equipment were provided by Technip. Simen Andersen, who was the Project Engineering Manager of the Bøyla project tells us more about being involved in this great opportunity.

Key facts and figures

  • Water depth: 120-125 m
  • More than 10 vessels used for installation campaign
  • Technip plants, spoolbases and offices in France, Norway and the UK were involved
  • 19 nationalities represented in the project team
  • 2 Million + man-hours

Some information about you

I currently work as a Project Manager in Norway, and I have spent the last ten years working for Technip. I started out as a Structural Engineer and I have mainly worked on projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, but also spent time on a project in Egypt and also in Canada as lead engineer.

A bit more details about the project

The project showed Technip’s ability to deliver a fully vertically integrated turnkey project – design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, project management, installation and commissioning. Despite an ambitious timeline, the project was delivered on budget and schedule and with a very satisfied Client. With the involvement of several Technip centers including our French and British manufacturing plants, our spoolbases in the UK and Norway, many of our construction and diving vessels for installation offshore, we truly demonstrated our ‘One Technip’ approach. The project was also a key project for the Client with the main aim of maintaining a steady production on its most important asset in North Sea.

Why was it a great opportunity?

Being the Project Engineering Manager of such a big and complex project was extremely challenging and interesting as it was operationally complex and required real technical prowess. With a team of approximately 60 talented highly motivated engineers from all over the world, we created a great atmosphere in the project. The project also involved many Technip’s operating units and several external suppliers, which was a challenge in itself and allowed me see how they work and interact. During the project I was promoted to Project Manager and took over the overall responsibility for the project from mid-2014.

What was your biggest challenge?

During parts of the offshore operations we had up to six vessels in the field, not including the drill rig and FPSO. To manage these vessels on a daily basis and ensure operations were carried out smoothly alongside client operated assets in the field was extremely demanding over a long period of time.

And your main success?

The Technip project team members and the client provided excellent feedback, which proved we succeeded to create an exceptional team which not only delivered as promised, but had fun doing it.

Can you share with us your best memory?

When the client produced first oil and the hardware we had worked so hard to design, fabricate and install actually worked.

What did it bring to you in terms of professional development?

Personally I developed into a Project Manager as I was very well coached and mentored during the first two years of the project. I do like to think that I contributed to other people’s success and development as well.