FMC Energy Inks Deal with Norsk Hydro

FMC Energy Systems business has signed a total vendor management frame agreement with Norsk Hydro Produksjon a.s., a unit of Norsk Hydro ASA, to the year 2009, with an option for extension.

The agreement is intended to be part of Norsk Hydro's "fully integrated supplier" strategy, in which the supplier serves as a project team member. In addition, the agreement covers the supply of fully instrumented surface wellhead and tree systems, as well as related equipment and services, for Norsk Hydro's Grane, Oseberg-B, Oseberg-C and Brage platform projects in the North Sea.

The latest project, the 40-slot Grane Platform, is offshore Norway, west of Stavanger, and involves a partnership among Norsk Hydro, Exxon Mobil, Conoco and Petoro. The frame agreement with FMC Energy Systems is the latest in an ongoing series of agreements for surface wellhead and tree systems beginning with the first agreement for Oseberg-B in 1987.

The equipment is expected to be manufactured at FMC Energy Systems' facilities in Singapore; Dunfermline, Scotland; and Sens, France. Equipment deliveries are scheduled to begin in early 2002 for installation on the existing platforms, and installation is scheduled to commence in mid-2003 for the Grane Platform.

"We are pleased that Norsk Hydro has chosen FMC Energy Systems as their integrated supplier to provide wellhead solutions for the Grane, Oseberg-B, Oseberg-C and Brage platform projects," said Peter D. Kinnear, Vice President - FMC Energy Systems. "This agreement reflects our extensive experience as a solutions provider in the North Sea, as well as our long-term success in meeting the needs of Norsk Hydro in the North Sea through FMC Kongsberg Subsea and FMC Surface Wellhead."