Shell Extends Aker Kvaerner Frame Agreement for Subsea Technology

Shell UK Limited has extended its frame agreement with Aker Kvaerner Subsea by two years and expanded the scope to include Shell Norway. The value of the new contract is estimated to be approximately NOK 230 million.

The frame agreement is for the supply of Subsea steel tube umbilicals and associated engineering personnel. The first project executed under the agreement will be the Howe Phase 2 project, which will use the same cross-section as the Merganser umbilicals. Under the existing agreement, signed in 2001, Aker Kvaerner has delivered umbilicals for six Shell projects in the British and Dutch sectors of the North Sea including Scoter, Pelican, Howe, Merganser, K15/K7 and K8.

"Frame agreements help promote an optimal way of working: alignment in the pursuit of HSE excellence; incorporation of lessons learned for efficient execution, resulting in shorter delivery times; and close dialogue on future needs, so we can allocate capacity for Shell," says Raymond Carlsen, executive vice president Aker Kvaerner Subsea.

The steel tube umbilicals will be manufactured at Aker Kvaerner Subsea's facility in Moss, Norway.