Aker Solutions secures drilling equipment deal from Daewoo Shipbuilding

Aker Solutions has received a contract from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to provide two drilling equipment packages.

Under the terms of the deal, Aker Solutions will deliver topside drilling equipment procurement and commissioning services for Category D drilling rigs that DSME is building for the rig operator Songa Offshore. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

The Cat D drilling rig is a new generation drilling and well intervention vessel, purpose-made for the needs for North Sea operations, according to Aker Solutions.

Company head of drilling technologies business Thor Arne Håverstad said: "The development of the new rig concept has been enabled by combination of Aker Solutions' field-proven equipment and systems expertise, and our flexible and competent engineering capabilities."

Work on the project will start immediately in Kristiansand, Norway, and in other Aker Solutions drilling technologies units in Asker, Norway, as well as Erkelenz in Germany and Houston in the US, the company added.

The two units are scheduled to be delivered in 2015.