Aker Kvaerner Wins Oseberg Environmental Contract

Hydro has awarded Aker Kværner Offshore Partner AS, Bergen, a modification contract to enable the Oseberg Field Centre to inject all produced water from the platform into the Utsira reservoir. The injection system will be installed at Oseberg Field Centre during 2005. The contract value is estimated to be approximately NOK 90 million.

Maximum injection capacity for produced water from the Oseberg Field Centre will be around 20,000 cubic meters per day. The new equipment must meet Statens Forurensingstilsyn's target of zero emission.

The contract includes engineering, procurement and prefabrication onshore, as well as the installation of 200 tons steel/piping and miscellaneous equipment at the Oseberg Field Centre. The tie in to the existing process plant will be prepared during the first week of June next year when the Field Centre is due for a six-day shut-down.

The engineering and procurement of long lead items will start immediately. Most of the work must be carried out during 2005. The contract from Hydro will employ around 60 persons from Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner AS, Bergen, all through next year. The installation work on the platform will be carried out in the period between April to November 2005. The new injection unit for produced Oseberg water will be installed at the northeastern corner of the field centre.