Aker Kvaerner to Supply Deepwater Umbilicals for Tahiti

The new contract signed by Aker Kvaerner Subsea with Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company includes the design, fabrication, inspection and testing of four dynamic, steel tube umbilicals totalling 21,300 meters (69,900 feet) in length, and one static umbilical 2865 meters (9,400 feet) long with all required topside and Subsea terminations. Aker Kvaerner's Deepwater business unit will perform detailed dynamic, fatigue, and interference analysis of the umbilicals to be installed in 1220 to 1370 meters (4,000 to 4,500 feet) of water.

"Predictable performance is an important consideration for operators - technical superiority, a proven construction technique and in-depth analysis gives us great confidence in this technology," says Svein Haug, senior vice president Umbilicals and Risers, Aker Kvaerner Subsea.

The steel tube umbilicals will be manufactured at Aker Kvaerner Subsea's state-of-the-art facility in Mobile Alabama, USA, and will be delivered by the end of first quarter 2007 to the Tahiti project.

The contract was signed and booked by Aker in the fourth quarter of 2005.