North Sea Gjoa Contract to IKM Gruppen

On behalf of the Gjoa license and the future operator, Gaz de France, StatoilHydro awarded the main operations support contract for the Gjoa platform in the North Sea to IKM Gruppen AS. "This was a much sought-after contract. After a pre-qualification round five bidders delivered very good bids," says Kjetel Digre, StatoilHydro's project manager for Gjoa.

The contract will be formally signed between Gaz de France Norge and IKM Gruppen AS.

Under the contract 55 contractors will be hired for the operating organizations in Stavanger, Floro and for the Gjoa platform offshore. IKM will also deliver engineering services in Floro, and as require. The contract will run for five years, with an option to extend for two years. The contract is worth 445 MNOK, including the option.

"Gaz de France Norge looks forward to establishing and developing an effective operating organization for the Gjoa field in collaboration with IKM Gruppen," says Kjell Ola Jorgensen, Gjoa operations manager for Gaz de France Norge.

The partners in the Gjoa license are: StatoilHydro (operator in the development phase) 20%, Gaz de France Norge (operator in the operating phase) 30%, Petoro 30%, Shell 12% and RWE Dea 8%.