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Fabrication begins on major projects Yggdrasil and Valhall PWP-Fenris

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The Yggdrasil and Valhall PWP-Fenris offshore development project which are to be built on the Norwegian Continental Shelf has entered into the construction phase.

The milestone was celebrated by cutting the very first steel plates for Hugin A and Valhall PWP at Aker Solutions’ Stord yard.

“These projects contribute high value creation and extensive ripple effects across the entire industry. The company will have recruited more than 2 000 new colleagues in Norway, in addition to 100 new apprentices every year, going forward,” said Sturla Magnus, Executive Vice President, New Build, for Aker Solutions.

A large part of the scope is four new offshore platforms including steel jackets. The two largest — Hugin A and Valhall PWP — will be assembled and delivered from Aker Solutions yard at Stord. The work will be done together with Aker BP, Siemens Energy and ABB in the fixed alliance facilities.

“This day is important not only for Aker BP, Aker Solutions, license partners and strategic partners, but for the entire supplier industry. After years of engineering and preparations, we are now entering the construction phase. These projects will involve hundreds of suppliers and provide large ripple effects in the form of revenue and jobs in local communities throughout large parts of Norway”, said Magnus.

Hugin A is a part of the Yggdrasil development and consists of a 28 t production platform and a 20 500 t steel jacket. In addition to Stord and Verdal, yards in Egersund and Sandnessjøen will build modules, while Leirvik AS will deliver the living quarters. Hugin A will be the largest topside ever assembled in the Stord yard area.

Valhall PWP is a 16 000 t production platform for the Valhall field that will be assembled at Stord. The 9 500 t steel jacket will be delivered from Verdal. In addition, Sandnessjøen, Worley Rosenberg and Nymo in Arendal will contribute to the construction work.

The field developments also include the two unmanned platforms Hugin B and Fenris, which will be delivered from Verdal, while Aibel deliver the topside for Munin.

The company also has subsea and modification deliveries to the Yggdrasil and Valhall PWP-Fenris fields.

The projects provide activities and revenue that are important for the further development of the industry in the years to come. The majority of Aker Solutions 9 000 employees at the company’s 14 Norwegian locations will work on the execution of these and other projects that have come as a result of a stimulus program adopted by the Norwegian parliament in 2020.

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