Aker Solutions Wins 3-Year Contract for Dunlin Alpha Services

Aker Solutions in Aberdeen has been awarded a three-year contract, plus options, to provide Fairfield Energy with engineering, procurement and construction services on the Dunlin Alpha platform in the northern North Sea.

The contract is valued at between GBP 20 and 30 Million annually and will create around 100 new jobs.

The award to one of the Aberdeen businesses of the global engineering and construction group comes in the wake of Fairfield's purchase of the Dunlin field cluster from Shell in December 2007.

Aker Solutions will undertake a number of initial studies on the installation, followed by an aggressive programme of modifications, including onshore engineering work, procurement and offshore construction. In delivering the contract Aker Solutions will be working very closely with Amec as the Dunlin platform duty holder.

The Dunlin oilfield is situated 195 km north-east of Lerwick, with first production in August 1978 from the Dunlin Alpha platform.

Rod Buchan, managing director for Aker Solutions maintenance, modification and operation business in Aberdeen said: "Fairfield Energy is a new client for us and is taking over its first North Sea asset. Our success in winning this work is very much aligned with our key strategic goals, one of which is to develop relationships with independent operators and new entrants to the UKCS. This award underlines our position as a leading modifications company in the North Sea and as the preferred partner of independent operators.

"Fairfield is a new entrant with ambitions to become a key North Sea operator, and we look forward to supporting their plans to achieve significant growth over the coming years and to delivering significantly increased value from the Dunlin asset."