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Baker Hughes’ Subsea Drilling Systems and Akastor’s MHWirth complete merger

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The merger of Baker Hughes’ Subsea Drilling Systems business (SDS) and Akastor ASA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, MHWirth AS (MHWirth), has been completed to form a global offshore drilling equipment company. The new company will be known as HMH, and as previously announced, Baker Hughes and Akastor will own equal equity in HMH.

HMH aims to support the industry’s transition toward more energy-efficient solutions, as well as deploying technologies and service solutions to make the sector more competitive through increased drilling efficiency. Moreover, the company’s service and technology portfolio will be utilised as a springboard for future growth, both within drilling services and when pursuing opportunities towards adjacent industries such as renewables and mining.

“This is a very exciting transaction for the industry, our customers, shareholders and employees. We are combining two of the best-known equipment manufactures in our industry to create HMH, building on a best-in-class portfolio and unparalleled full-service approach,” commented Merrill A. “Pete” Miller, the Chairman and CEO of HMH. Miller went on to say that “at a time of worldwide energy transition, HMH has the expertise to help the entire industry move towards more energy-efficient drilling and other sustainable energy solutions.”

The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands with its two major operational centers in Houston, US, and Kristiansand, Norway. HMH is currently a privately owned company and is effective from 1 October 2021.

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