Aker Kvaerner Wins Template Installation Contract for Norne

Statoil has signed a contract with Aker Marine Contractors for the installation of three templates at the Norne field.

The scope of work also includes operation planning, load out and transportation of the templates from Asdalstrand to Sandnessjoen. The templates are identical and weigh approximately 270 tons each.

In Sandnessjoen the templates will be lifted into the water and towed to field individually using the pencil buoy method. The method attract attention and has recently been patented by Aker Marine Contractors. The pencil buoy method has also been used in other projects such as Vigdis and Snohvit.

The vessel that will be used for the tow and installation of the templates will be a Maersk A class. Aker Marine Contractor's "Conlift" will be used for the lifting operation in Sandnessjoen.

The contract has a value of NOK 45 million.

The contract also includes an option for the installation of three manifolds in 2005, using the Boa Deep C installation vessel.