Aker Solutions awarded 5-year Johan Sverdrup work

Aker Solutions will provide engineering, procurement and management assistance (EPMA) services for five years at the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup development in the Norwegian North Sea.

The EPMA work, valued at NOK 4.5 billion ($586.7 million), is part of a 10-year framework accord announced in December 2013 and comes after Statoil decided to exercise an option. According to the company, the assignment will last through 2019 and covers work in the development’s first phase.

“Johan Sverdrup will define the oil industry in Norway and play a large part in our company’s growth for years to come,” said Luis Araujo, Aker Solutions’ chief executive officer.

“We are sparing no effort and working in close cooperation with the field’s partners to ensure the development is second to none.”

Aker Solutions last year delivered the front-end engineering and design work for the development’s first phase, consisting of four platforms linked by bridges. The EPMA work for phase one is anticipated at its peak to involve more than 1,000 employees at Aker Solutions’ engineering hubs in Oslo, London and Mumbai.

“We’re proud to expand on our close relationship with Statoil that has been built over many years of offshore development.”

The field, the largest offshore oil find in Norway in 30 years, is estimated to hold 1.8 billion to 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalents. It’s expected to produce 550,000 – 650,000 barrels of oil equivalents a day when fully developed, equal to about a quarter of current domestic output. Production is slated to start in late 2019 and is predicted to last for about half a century.

Statoil is operator for the development, which spans three licenses. Other partners include Lundin Norway, Petoro, Maersk Oil and Det norske oljeselskap.

“We’re proud to expand on our close relationship with Statoil that has been built over many years of offshore development,” said Per Harald Kongelf, head of Aker Solutions in Norway.

“It’s also gratifying to work with so many other partners, which is a testament to the importance of this project.”

A key focus of the project team is to identify ways to reduce costs and improve the overall efficiency of the development, the company says.

“Finding cost-efficient and sustainable solutions is absolutely necessary and we will keep working with the license partners to do this through a systematic and ambitious improvement program,” said Aker Solutions’ Head of Engineering Valborg Lundegaard.

“In light of the Johan Sverdrup project’s ambitious progress plan having competent cooperation partners that share our goals is essential. Through the front-end engineering phase several hundred Statoil employees have been stationed at Aker Solutions. Together we have formed the basis for a seamless transition to detail engineering which will ensure a cost-effective progress plan,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway.

“Targeted efforts have been made to cut costs and improve the efficiency of the deliveries. We are therefore pleased to see that Norwegian suppliers are competitive and that we can sign this contract with Aker Solutions. They have started their own improvement work and their deliveries on our integrated cooperation at Sverdrup are progressing well. This is an important contract for the project, and our expectations for the implementation are high,” says Margareth Øvrum, Statoil’s executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling.

A press conference hosted by Statoil will be held today at 8:45 a.m. CET at Rica Park Hotel in Sandefjord, Norway. Valborg Lundegaard will represent Aker Solutions.

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