Aker Kvaerner Wins St. Fergus Contract from Total

A new contract worth approximately GBP 35 million has been awarded to Aker Kvaerner by Total E&P UK plc. The Aberdeen-based Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner Limited will be responsible for supporting operations and maintenance at Total's St. Fergus gas terminal and on the Elgin/Franklin offshore assets in the North Sea.

Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner Ltd (AKOPL) is the existing contractor on Elgin/Franklin and will now, in addition, be taking over the responsibility for provision of services at St. Fergus terminal as part of the same. Approval by Total's co-venturers for the arrangements has been sought. The new assignment is valued at approximately GBP 6-7 million per year for the next 5 years.

The work will involve the voluntary transfer of a number of personnel from both Total staff and from the incumbent St Fergus contractor to the AKOPL workforce.

Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner's Managing Director, Harald Gulaker said the award of this new contract was a significant acknowledgement of the Company's track record: "We have a good reputation for our expertise and experience in the area of maintenance and operations and we are delighted to have been successful in this extremely rigorous selection process. We look forward to working in partnership with Total, to build on our performance and safely meet their business challenges."

Total E&P UK plc Managing Director, Michel Contie said: "I am confident that this new contract with the right contractors will create the framework for a more dynamic, sustainable future for our UK operations."

The St. Fergus gas terminal receives and processes up to 20 per cent of the UK's natural gas requirements from 20 offshore fields, while the Elgin/Franklin fields produce around 5 per cent of the UK's gas consumption.

The new contract will become operational in January 2005 and run until 2010.