StatoilHydro Awards Aker Solutions, Deepwell Well Service Contracts on NCS

StatoilHydro is awarding Aker Well Service and Deepwell Norge AS framework contracts for mechanical wireline services for StatoilHydro-operated fields on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). The two framework contracts are valid for three years, with two option periods of two years for each of the framework contracts. Jointly the two contracts cover almost all StatoilHydro-operated fields in the North Sea.

Deepwell Norge

Deepwell Norge AS is assigned a framework contract for wireline operations on the Statfjord, Snorre and Sleipner fields, while Aker Well Service is awarded contracts for the remaining wireline operations on the NCS, with the exception of the Morvin and Tyrihans fields.

"These contracts give us access to services that are highly important in order to maintain production in the years ahead," said Geir Slora, head of drilling and well operations in the Exploration & Production Norway business area. "We depend on professional suppliers and we will follow the companies closely to ensure that our capacity and quality requirements are met," he said.

Anders Opedal, head of procurements in StatoilHydro, believes that these contracts will contribute to sharper competition, which will help improve services in this area on the NCS.

"Deepwell Norge AS is a company which is relatively new to StatoilHydro, but it has excellent references," he says.

Opedal considers the company to be highly qualified in the field of innovation and new technology.

"We know Aker Well Service well already," said Opedal. "The company has demonstrated good HSE results over time. We also believe that this is a company which can further improve the efficiency of StatoilHydro."

Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions is currently providing well services to StatoilHydro on the Tampen and Halten/Nordland area, but expects the new contract to increase the level of activity moving forward.

"We are very pleased that StatoilHydro has again selected us to be their well intervention service provider. Our long term relationship within this segment dates back to 1984, where Aker Solutions performed well services for StatoilHydro on the Statfjord field. This award is a tribute to the skilled and dedicated offshore and onshore employees in our well service unit and their long-term co-operation with StatoilHydro's employees," said Mads Andersen, executive vice president in Aker Solutions.

The contract comprises mechanical wireline services on the following StatoilHydro operated fields: Heidrun; Njord A; Brage; Gullfaks A, B and C; Heimdal; Huldra; Kvitebjorn; Oseberg B, C, East and West; Troll A; Veslefrikk; and Visund A. The contract also covers mechanical wireline work on the majority of the mobile drilling units StatoilHydro will utilise at its subsea fields in the North Sea. Additionally, Aker Solutions will deliver onshore operational support to StatoilHydro's field centres at Stavanger, Bergen, Stjørdal and Harstad.

"We estimate that this award will secure work for around 350 staff, of which a third will be located onshore and two-thirds offshore," says Ole Petter Thomesen, president of Aker Solutions' well service business unit.

"The contract is also a fundament for our well intervention technology development activity. We have over the years developed leading well intervention technologies in close co-operation with StatoilHydro and look forward to a continued relationship within this key area," added Thomesen.

The framework contract awards are contingent on partner approval.