Norwegian supplier nabs Woodside control contract

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A Norwegian supplier has landed a contract with Woodside Energy for the manufacture and supply of electro-hydraulic steel tube umbilicals (EHU) for an oil and gas project off the north-west coast of Australia.

Though the contract value is undisclosed, the team has confirmed it will manufacture and deliver the umbilicals, for the Greater Western Flank (GWF) Phase 1 project, in the Aker Solutions’ facility in Norway, with project management, design and engineering also coming out of Norway.

The company will transport the two steel tube umbilicals – measuring 17 kilometres in total – along with associated ancillary equipment and interfacing technology to Australia.

The GWF Phase 1 project is a major development in the North West Shelf project.

Aker Solutions says its umbilicals will be deployed on the seabed to supply necessary controls and chemicals to subsea oil and gas wells, subsea manifolds and any subsea system requiring a remote control.

“This contract highlights our strong presence for delivering world class products in the Australasian region and strengthens our position as the world’s leading producer of steel tube umbilicals,” said Aker Solutions’ umbilical business executive vice president, Tove Røskaft.

Aker Solutions has announced that it will open a new, state-of-the-art umbilicals manufacturing plant in Malaysia in 2013, “to meet the anticipated growth and the needs of their Asia Pacific customers,” reads a company press release.

The company runs offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth under the name Aker Advantage, and also in Perth under Aker Subsea, Aker Geo AS and Aker Process Systems.

The news comes just weeks after the government announced that companies performing large mining, construction and infrastructure projects will now be required to report every six months on plans they have put in place to use Australian products.

[Image: rbt.treasury.gov.au]