"Offshore oil exploration and production is expected to grow significantly," said Bjorn Moller, Teekay's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This joint venture creates a strong platform to pursue the growing market for FPSOs that will result from this increased offshore oil production. The combination of PGS' offshore engineering expertise and reputation as a quality operator of FPSOs, and Teekay's global marine operations and extensive customer network strategically positions this joint venture to competitively pursue FPSO projects anywhere in the world."
Mr. Moller continued, "From Teekay's perspective, this joint venture broadens our offshore service offering to our customers and should increase our investment in this area. Furthermore, we are excited to partner with PGS, an FPSO industry leader, in this attractive growth market."
"This is a further important move in our announced international expansion strategy," said President of PGS Production Espen Klitzing. "Teekay's global marketing organization, customer and shipyard relationships are a perfect match with our engineering expertise and experience as a quality operator of FPSOs in the harsh North Sea environment."
The joint venture will only encompass new projects. Existing assets of both companies are excluded from the joint venture. Teekay Petrojarl Offshore will start pursuing opportunities immediately and all details regarding the joint venture are to be finalized during the second quarter of 2006.
Teekay Shipping Corporation transports more than 10 percent of the world's seaborne oil and has recently expanded into the liquefied natural gas shipping sector through its publicly-listed subsidiary, Teekay LNG Partners L.P. With a fleet of more than 140 tankers, offices in 15 countries and 5,100 seagoing and shore-based employees, Teekay provides a comprehensive set of marine services to the world's leading oil and gas companies, helping them seamlessly link their upstream energy production to their downstream processing operations. Teekay's reputation for safety, quality and innovation has earned it a position with its customers as The Marine Midstream Company.
Teekay's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where it trades under the symbol "TK".
PGS Production, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleum Geo-Services ASA, owns and operates the largest and most advanced fleet of Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels in the North Sea.
In UK waters, Petrojarl Foinaven is producing for BP and CNR employs the Ramform Banff on the field of the same name. Meanwhile, on the Norwegian shelf, Petrojarl Varg is in production on the Varg field for Talisman, while Petrojarl I continues her tenth successive contract for Statoil on the Glitne field.
PGS Production has its head office in Trondheim, Norway, from where most of its operations are managed. It also has an operations office in Aberdeen.
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA operates on a worldwide basis with headquarters at Lysaker, Norway. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and NYSE under the ticker "PGS".
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