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    Contract for new Ekofisk platform awarded

    News // March 28, 2003
    Operator ConocoPhillips Norge has awarded Aker Kvaerner a letter of intent for building the new Ekofisk 2/4-M platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Worth some NOK 1.75 billion, the contract covers both engineering and construction. It will employ more than 1 000 people at peak.

    Aker Kvaerner is to deliver topsides and jacket for the process and wellhead platform, as well as a long bridge with tripod which connects to the existing Ekofisk installations. The group has again proved competitive for the turnkey delivery of a platform, and several subsidiaries will contribute in the execution.

    Jacket and tripod are to be fabricated by the Aker Verdal yard near Trondheim, with engineering carried out at Aker Kvaerner Technology in Oslo. The Kvaerner Egersund yard south of Stavanger is due to build the topside and bridge. Topside engineering andprocurement will be handled by Aker Offshore Partner in Stavanger.

    Jacket, tripod and bridge are scheduled for delivery in 2004, with the topside due to be installed in 2005. Engineering will start at once, with a gradual build-up for fabrication work. The new contract will employ a peak of 700 people at Kvaerner Egersund, and roughly 300 at Aker Verdal.

    Aker Kvaerner has specialised each of its yards to enhance the efficiency of the various components in a delivery. Its subsidiaries are also organised in a way which means that their combined expertise can be applied to turnkey deliveries and thereby boost competitiveness. The contract for the new Ekofisk platform is regarded as an important confirmation that this commitment yields results.

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