Aker Wins Subsea Services Deal from Petrobras

Norway's Aker Solutions announced Monday that its Aker Oilfield Services subsidiary has won a $465-million, five-year deal from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil from its Aker Wayfarer vessel.

The contract – which has an extension option for an additional five years – is scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The Aker Wayfarer vessel will be outfitted at a yard in Norway to become a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel (SESV). It will have a fiber-rope deployment system, deck skidding systems and a subsea orientation equipment system, allowing it to install and retrieve subsea trees and modules, including subsea structures and manifolds.

Aker said that the vessel will be the second vessel of this type to be operated by Aker Oilfield Services in Brazil. The Skandi Santos has performed SESV services successfully for Petrobras since starting operations in March 2010.

At the end of this month, Aker Oilfield Services will become part of Akastor, an oilfield services investment company that is one of two firms to be formed as part of the forthcoming separation of Aker Solutions.

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