Aker Solutions wins contract to supply drilling equipment packages for a series of six deepwater drillships for the Brazilian market.
The six new vessels will be operated by Norwegian drilling operators Seadrill and Odfjell Drilling (3 each) under 15-year charter contracts from Petrobras. The drillships will be capable of operating at 10,000 feet water depth and drilling to depths of 40,000 ft.
Aker Solutions' contract includes complete topside and subsea equipment (drilling riser and BOP) packages for six drillships, and an option for one further unit.
The equipment will be delivered from Aker Solutions in Norway and Germany, as well as from the company's new site in Brazil. Aker Solutions is building a new $100m service and manufacturing facility in Macaé, Brazil's offshore capital, in order to meet the company's growth in the country.
The drilling units will be delivered between 2015 and 2019. The first Aker Solutions equipment will be delivered in the second half of 2013. The contract includes project management, engineering, topside equipment, subsea package including Aker Solutions' Clip riser, and commissioning of the rigs at Jurong's yard in Brazil.
"With the delivery of six complete drilling packages, and a new service and manufacturing site under way in Macaé, Aker Solutions is taking another leap forward in Brazil. Over the last two decades, we have built a strong foundation to meet the growth we see in the market today. With 1 400 employees, we are committed to serve our clients in the Brazilian market," says Luis Antonio Araujo, regional president of Aker Solutions in Brazil.