Aker Awarded Moho Nord Contract Offshore Congo

Norwegian oilfield services firm Aker Solutions has won an $850 million contract from Total to deliver a subsea production system for the Moho Nord project in the Republic of Congo, the company reported Monday.

The Moho Nord project, which is located approximately 47 miles off the coast of Congo, consists of two developments: Moho Nord and Moho Bilondo 1bis. Aker and Total will run both developments as a single, integrated project.

Aker said the scope of the work included the delivery of 28 vertical subsea trees, including wellhead systems, two installation and workover control systems, seven manifold structures, subsea control and tie-in systems. The project will use Aker's new vertical tree technology, the firm added.

Management, engineering and procurement will mainly be performed at Aker's headquarters in Fornebu, Norway. The subsea trees and worker systems will be manufactured at the Tranby manufacturing center outside Oslo, while the production of manifolds will be carried out at the firm's facility in Egersund, Norway, and Aker's Aberdeen facility will deliver the control systems and the wellheads.

Alan Brunnen, head of Aker's subsea business area, commented in a statement:

"This is a major contract award for Aker Solutions. We are investing and growing internationally and Aker Solutions is committed to developing the oil and gas industry in the Republic of the Congo through knowledge sharing and local content."

Moho Nord and Moho Bilondo 1bis are part of the Moho-Bilondo oil field which was commissioned in April 2008 for commercial production. It is the first deepwater offshore field of the Republic of the Congo at water depths ranging between 1,970 and 3,445 feet.




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