Aker Kvaerner Ramps Up Decommissioning Business

Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner Ltd. aims to take advantage of the imminent decommissioning opportunities with the relocation of one of the world's foremost decommissioning experts to Aberdeen to lead the company's drive to capture the UK market believed to be worth £8.3 billion.

Norwegian Kare Kristing, Director - Decommissioning UK, has just moved to Scotland and this newly created position within Aker Kvaerner. He has direct experience of three of the biggest decommissioning projects in the North Sea - Odin, Frigg and also Maureen, where he was project director.

"Decommissioning is often referred to as undertaker engineering," says Kristing. "Nothing could be further from the truth - it represents an exciting challenge that will require skilled engineers to develop innovative solutions to ensure that a variety of offshore structures are dismantled with the utmost regard for safety and the environment."

"There are over 600 installations in the North Sea which will require to be removed, either in part on in totality. The majority of these are in the UKCS and programs are beginning to be put in place for a number of these. With our existing experience and capabilities, we are ideally positioned to win a large share of this market."

Kristing will share Aker Kvaerner's plans with SMEs at a Share Fair in Aberdeen on November 9th in a presentation entitled "Why turning out the lights has a great future."

"There are significant opportunities for SMEs throughout the decommissioning process. We will be looking for innovative solutions to some of the challenges facing us in all areas from engineering and logistics to subsea operations, cleaning, storage, recycling and environmental accounting."