Statoil invests Big in the North

Posted On April 13th, 2018 - 9:09 am | by Oil and gas press

Johan Castberg, Polarled, Aasta Hansteen, Snefrid Nord, Askeladd and the exploration campaign in the Barents Sea; multi-billion investments are lined up. This creates spin-offs. Thanks to the contract for ten Johan Castberg subsea templates Aker Solutions Sandnessjøen will increase its workforce from 20 to 50 over the next two years.

Celebrations at Sandnessjøen when the news broke that Aker Solutions’ northernmost plant will deliver the ten subsea templates for the Johan Castberg field on 5 March. They will connect a total of 30 wells on the oil field in the Barents Sea.

Six of the subsea templates will be delivered in 2019, and four in 2020. Site manager Annbjørg Skjerve at Aker Solutions in Sandnessjøen is all smiles:
“The assignment allows us to develop our own skills and knowledge, while boosting the development of the local supply industry. The contract will thus have ripple effects both locally and regionally,” she says.

Two years ago, the yard at Strendene was on the brink of closing down due to low activity. Thanks to assignments from Aker BP and the Skarv field it could keep going with just six employees.

Last year, however, the upturn started.

Aker Solutions Sandnessjøen then won the contract for building the subsea template and suction anchor for Snefrid Nord, a gas discovery twelve kilometres from the Aasta Hansteen field in the north of the Norwegian Sea, which is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The assignment, which generated employment for 20 employees, is due to be completed in April.

Source / More: Statoil

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