Aker Receives Engineering Contract in South China Sea



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Aker Solutions will provide detailed engineering for the Kebabangan (KBB) Northern Hub development project in the South China Sea. Under the four-year contract awarded by Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company (KPOC), Aker will provide detailed design and engineering support through to the project's start up phase. The KBB facility will compromise a single integrated drilling, oil and gas production, utilities and quarters topsides mounted on a fixed 8-leg jacket in 466 feet (142 meters) of water. The topsides will weigh approximately 18,739 tons (17,000 metric tons), and is designed for installation by the floatover method; the jacket weight is estimated to be 15,432 tons, and (14,000 metric tons) will be launched-installed. Gas and oil will be sent to shore via 84-mile (135-kilometer) export lines. Shell's-operated deep-water Malikai field will also be tied in via separate, partially stabilized liquid and dry gas lines shortly after first gas from KBB. KPOC, consisting of Petronas Carigali (40%), ConocoPhillips Sabah Gas (30%), and Shell Energy Asia (30%), will operate the project.

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