Aker Kvaerner Unit Reports Sharp Boost in Sales

One of the Aberdeen-based businesses of global construction and engineering services group Aker Kvaerner has secured sales orders of nearly £5million so far this year – a 75-percent increase over the last six months of 2006.

Aker Kvaerner MH, a contractor and equipment supplier serving the offshore oil and gas industry, has taken on 10 new service engineers during its latest significant growth in activity. The business offers engineering, procurement, fabrication and operational support services.

The sales orders secured by Aker Kvaerner MH encompass pipedeck cranes, iron roughnecks, access baskets, catheads and hydraulic power units for clients including a number of large drilling companies.

General Manager Michael Griffin said: "We are enjoying one of our busiest periods of activity of recent years in what is a very buoyant market. The repair and overhaul side of our business is also working to capacity – activity levels there match those of our sales arm – and we have seen our workshop personnel numbers increase recently as well.

"We expect these trends to continue over the next two years in light of the anticipated equipment and upgrade requirements in the rig market. Our growth is also testimony to a focused market approach and emphasis upon excellent after-sales service, and we expect our personnel numbers to continue to grow as we capitalise on those assets."