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Aker Solutions Awarded Shell contract

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Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract from Shell UK for the delivery of a not permanently attended installation (NPAI) for the Jackdaw gas field. Located east of Aberdeen in the North Sea, the field, at peak production rates, could yield over six percent of total projected UK North Sea gas production by the middle of this decade.

The contract follows completion of front-end engineering and design work (FEED), in June 2019. The scope of the contract includes engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of the complete wellhead platform, consisting of a topside and a steel jacket, as well as related load-out and offshore hook-up and commissioning.

Fabrication of the wellhead platform will happen at Aker Solutions’ yard in Verdal, Norway, and at its peak the project will employ over 300 people. The steel substructure, including a pre-drilling deck, is to be delivered from Aker Solutions’ facilities to Shell in 2023, and the topside in 2024. In the project, Aker Solutions will continue to collaborate with external suppliers Ramboll and Leirvik, who were part of developing the FEED.

Sturla Magnus, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ topsides and facilities business, said: “We are pleased that Shell selects us to develop a cost-effective platform for this major North Sea gas field. We will build on our strong topside solutions and executions model which involves reusing facilities and equipment and bringing onboard solid experience from similar developments from both internal Aker Solutions resources and external partners.”

Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions, said: “We aim to be a leading supplier of energy solutions, and the Jackdaw development contributes to the ambition of the British government to boost domestic energy output to enhance energy security. The project forms part of our broader intent to both play a key role in the transformation of Europe’s energy sector and help accelerate security of supplies.”

Aker Solutions will record the contract as an order intake of between NOK 2-3 billion in the third quarter of 2022 in the Renewables and Field Development segment.

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