BJ Wins Cementing Work Offshore Norway from Marathon

BJ Services' Well Services Division for Europe and Africa has been awarded a contract by Marathon Petroleum Company (Norway) to provide cementing services for a number of its wells located offshore Norway.

Marathon awarded the contract to support operations scheduled to be carried out approximately 140 miles west of Stavanger on the Deep Sea Bergen rig for the Alvheim Field, which comprises the Kneler, Kameleon and Boa discoveries. It is estimated that the Alvheim Field contains resources of approximately 180 million gross barrels of oil equivalent.

BJ will provide cementing services for approximately 11 wells on the Alvheim Field during the next two years, in keeping with Marathon's goal to produce first oil in early 2007. BJ has commenced the first phase of the contract, which involves detailed engineering planning, with plans to begin providing cementing operations in summer 2005. Operations will be carried out by BJ Services from its base in Tananger, Norway.

"As we have been operating successfully for many years on behalf of a number of operators in Norway's harsh environment, this contract award is a testament to the confidence that Marathon places in BJ's ability to deliver our specialist cementing services in the region," said Alasdair Buchanan, Well Services region manager-Europe and Africa for BJ Services. "As this is Marathon's first development to be carried out in Norway, it is critical that they receive the benefit of our engineering, technical and operational expertise. I am confident that BJ will deliver cementing services on Alvheim Field in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner," he added.

With a long-term history of successful operations in the region, BJ Services-Norway is a major provider of fluids, pumping, coiled tubing, drilling, coiled tubing drilling, cementing, completion, stimulation, workover and pressure testing services to the oil industry in Norway.