Another multi-million dollar contract for Kvaerner Oilfield Products

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22 Oct 2003

Kvaerner Oilfield Products (KOP) of Aberdeen has received a Letter of Intent from the oil company, DNO Britain, for a multi-million dollar contract to supply and install a fully integrated system of subsea Christmas trees and control systems in its newly-named Broom field in the UK sector of the North Sea, 7km west of the Heather platform.

In both Aberdeen and Tranby, Norway, teams of KOP specialists will work on the project, which includes five Christmas trees, flowbases and control systems in 142m of water and which will run until mid-2004, when the field comes onstream. On the Heather platform a sophisticated digital control system will be installed to operate and control the complex subsea systems for Broom.

"This is an important project for KOP," says KOP managing director, Paal Helsing. "Our client DNO, will benefit from the substantial scope of our global subsea systems capability and it will utilise our international supply chain and manufacturing infrastructure, which is second to none. Aberdeen is KOP's global centre of excellence for subsea systems and is co-ordinating the expertise for this significant contract which will be supported by a major proportion of our workforce. With our emphasis on safety across the whole project, every member of the team will be focused on completing the job to the highest standards."

An integrated team of more than 50 KOP engineers and project specialists in Aberdeen will work on the Broom systems with 20 or so in Norway. Software, control systems and equipment and topsides controls will be manufactured in Aberdeen; the Christmas trees will be built in Norway and the system assembly, quality control, test and integration will be carried out in Aberdeen. A project team consisting of a project manager, planner, engineers, procurement specialists, quality engineers and co-ordinators will work in Aberdeen, while hydraulic, mechanical, electrical and test engineers will work in the Norway manufacturing facility to build the subsea hardware.

Broom project manager at DNO Britain, Irvine Long, said, "Kvaerner Oilfield Products was selected as it possessed well proven technology in-house for both trees and controls system, and offered a flexible approach towards meeting the phased development requirements of the Broom Field."

Worth in excess of $15m, the contract demonstrates the skills and reputation of KOP as a world-leading subsea specialist. "We are looking forward to developing our relationship with DNO Britain," says KOP managing director, Paal Helsing, "as our network of skilled experts progresses the subsea work for Broom between now and 2004. The North Sea is an important market for us and we relish the opportunity to design, build and install a subsea system that will be second to none in the sector."

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