Aker Kvaerner Secures Pluto Umbilical Deal

Aker Kvaerner has been awarded a contract to supply steel tube umbilicals to Woodside Petroleum's Pluto field. The contract is worth approximately NOK 105 million.

The contract follows last week's announcement that Aker Kvaerner had signed a 3+1+1 year frame agreement with Woodside to become the Australian oil and gas giant's preferred supplier of steel tube umbilicals.

The contract is for the supply of 28 kilometers of static umbilicals to the Pluto gas field, located 190 kilometers north-west of Karratha, north-west Australia.

"This is the first piece of business from our recently signed frame agreement with Woodside. We are very pleased that we will be able to demonstrate our capabilities so soon," says Svein Haug, senior vice president for Umbilical & Riser in Aker Kvaerner Subsea.

The umbilicals will be manufactured and delivered out of Aker Kvaerner Subsea's facility in Moss, Norway. Delivery is scheduled for July 2009.

The Pluto field is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. It is expected to deliver first gas by the end of 2010.