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Topside for Hod field completed

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The topside of the normally unmanned wellhead platform for the Hod field has been transported from Aker Solutions' facility in Verdal, Norway, to the Aker BP-operated field.

Topside for Hod field completed

The project is the second delivered by Aker BP’s alliance for delivery of fixed platforms, made up of Aker BP, Aker Solutions and ABB.

The Hod development has utilised the experience from the wellhead platform for the Valhall Flank West project, which was delivered in the summer of 2019. Valhall Flank West was the first wellhead platform delivered through the alliance. Hod B is an approximate copy of Valhall Flank West but has been delivered at a considerably lower cost.

“I am proud to state that in close cooperation with the alliance partners, we have reached all milestones and project objectives. Today, just 14 months after the first steel plates were cut, the topside is ready for transport to the field exactly as agreed. Together, we have developed new solutions and implemented a number of improvements for safety, productivity and reduced cost level in the project. This further increases our competitiveness, and makes us even more attractive to future clients,” said Sturla Magnus, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions' topside and facilities business.

The Alliance delivery includes design, procurement, fabrication, preparation for sea transport, as well as hook-up and assistance for completion on the field. The 2000 t topside will be installed on the steel jacket delivered from Aker Solutions’ yard in June. The delivery has been executed without serious harm to people or the environment.

“Through projects like Hod, we create value for ourselves, partners, alliance partners, owners, and Norwegian society. We also contribute to maintaining a world-leading supplier industry. It makes me particularly proud that through the Hod project Aker BP has contributed to the vocational training of 50 apprentices. The apprentices and the industry have a competence that is necessary for the Green Deal. I am impressed with the alliance team for another solid delivery. You demonstrate that the alliance model is the key to delivering profitable projects in a demanding market going forward,” said Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of Aker BP.

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