Aker Kvaerner To Inspect Statoil Platforms

Statoil and Aker Kvaerner have entered into an agreement of intent for the inspection of Statoil's platforms off mid Norway and north Norway. The contract period is three years, with three two-year options. The assignment, including options, has a total value of around NOK 90 million. The new contract is in addition to the frame agreement Aker Kvaerner already has for all maintenance work on the same installations, and means that the company extends its presence at Statoil's Stjordal operations center in mid Norway. The Aker Kvaerner group's subsidiary Aker Inspection and Consulting specializes in the inspection of oil and gas installations as a part of the maintenance of such facilities.

Under the new agreement Aker Kvaerner will inspect the condition of the platforms in the Halten and Nordland areas off mid Norway. Statoil's installations in these areas consist of the Norne, Asgard A, Asgard B and Heidrun facilities. The contract also has an option for the inspection of the Kristin platform.

In spring this year Aker Kvaerner also won the NOK 7 billion frame contract for maintenance of Statoil's platforms in the Tampen area off western Norway. The alliance between Aker Kvaerner and Reinertsen also won the NOK 2.5 billion frame contract for the maintenance of Statoil's platforms in the areas off mid Norway and north Norway.

In recent years maintenance, upgrades and operational support on offshore installations have become a steadily increasing part of Aker Kvaerner's activities. The group has developed subsidiaries with special expertise in such services, and Aker Inspection and Consulting will now establish itself at Stjordal alongside Aker Offshore Partner and Aker Elektro.

The scope of the new contract covers inspection and condition monitoring of process equipment, piping systems, valves and pressure vessels, and in the case of the Heidrun platform also the supporting structure above the water line.