Goliat installation job for Aker Solutions

2/3/2011, 9:00 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
3 February 2011 - ABB has awarded Aker Solutions' wholly-owned subsidiary Aker
Marine Contractors the contract to install its subsea power cable for the Goliat
field in the Barents Sea.

Aker Marine Contractors will install the cable utilising its new-build subsea
installation and construction vessel, AMC Connector. She will install 106,5
kilometres of cable - in one length - stretching from Hammerfest, Norway,
offshore to the Goliat  FPSO.

The subsea power cable, supplied by ABB, will weigh approximately 6 000 tonnes.
The AMC Connector - previously called Aker Connector - will easily take this in
one load as she will be equipped to handle a total payload of 9 000 tonnes,
divided onto two turntables for high voltage power cables or subsea umbilicals.

"With her high payload capacity, AMC Connector will be a great asset to ABB. She
is well equipped to install long, heavy subsea power cables," says Svein Haug,
president of Aker Marine Contractors, who will operate the vessel.

"The vessel will also have unique wave motion characteristics which will provide
increased project execution predictability in areas such as the Barents Sea,
where we often encounter rough seas," adds Haug.

AMC Connector's design enables her to operate safely and efficiently in
significantly higher waves than most other high-end construction vessels. AMC
Connector will comfortably operate in significant wave height (Hsig) of 4-5
metres, which means that she will have an operating window at the leading edge
for installation and construction vessels.

Aker Marine Contractors will also provide and install a permanent tether anchor
for the subsea power cable.

Contract value for management and execution of the project is approximately NOK
70 million.  This excludes vessel costs, which are covered under the charter
agreement signed between Aker Marine Contractors and ABB in March 2010. The
installation job will be performed in the second quarter of 2013.  Aker
Solutions' contract party is Aker Marine Contractors AS.

AMC Connector is currently being built by STX Europe and will be outfitted at
their yard at Søviknes, Norway. She will be ready for operations from Q1 2012.

The vessel will be owned 50/50 by Aker Solutions and Singapore-based Ezra
Holdings Ltd (Ezra), which recently acquired 100 percent of the shares in Aker
Solutions' subsidiary Aker Marine Contractors AS. As part of the agreement, Aker
Solutions becomes a substantial shareholder in Ezra. The transaction is expected
to be completed during Q1 2011.
By becoming part of Ezra, Aker Marine Contractors will have access to a larger
and rapidly growing fleet of installation vessels covering all IMR and SURF
installation segments - including flexible and rigid pipelay with capacity up to
3 500 metres water depth - which will enable Ezra/Aker Marine Contractors to
compete with the world's leading SURF contractors.

Ezra operates in the offshore market under the EMAS brand name. EMAS is an
integrated offshore support solutions provider for the oil and gas industry. The
business was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Singapore.


For further information, please contact:


Endre Johansen, Vice President Communications, Aker Solutions.  Tel:
+47 22945891, Mob: +47 416 10 605 E-mail: endre.johansen@akersolutions.com

Investor relations:

Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39,
Mob: +47 911 37 194


For further information about sourcing and potential subcontracts for this
project, please visit www.akersolutions.com/suppliers

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Aker Solutions ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Aker Solutions"),
is a leading global oil services company that provides engineering and
construction services, technologies, product solutions and field-life solutions
for the upstream oil and gas industry. The Aker Solutions group is organised in
a number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common
brand/trademark for most of these entities.

Aker Solutions' parent company is Aker Solutions ASA.  Aker Solutions has
aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 50 billion and employs
approximately 19 500 people in about 26 countries.

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subject to our disclaimer, see www.akersolutions.com.

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