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Aker BP has entered multiple long-term framework agreements for offshore operations with key suppliers of engineering and construction services, technical systems, and transport and installation of fixed facilities. 

It intends to plan and execute development projects at its fields in a safe and cost-effective way.

The intent of the framework agreements is that Aker BP plans to develop and execute work by using a more integrated project delivery model through a 'Platform Alliance' for each project. 

These framework agreements and the planned collaborative model is considered to be an extension of the experiences that Aker BP already has developed through the Subsea Alliance, which was established with Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 in the third quarter of 2016. 

The framework agreements include engineering and procurement (EP), construction and hook-up; and electro, instrument, control and telecoms (EICT). 

The EP framework agreement to Aker Solutions comprises engineering services and procurement from early studies to first oil. Construction and hook-up framework agreement has been awarded to Kvaerner and comprises construction of steel jackets and topsides, including offshore hook-up.

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Separate framework agreements have been awarded for EICT to both Siemens and ABB. The agreements consist of design, supply and installation of electrical, instrument, control and telecom systems, from the preliminary phase to first oil.

"All framework agreements have durations of six years, with options for four more years.

Aker BP has also signed a separate framework agreement with Heerema Marine Contractors for transport and installation of facilities offshore (transport and installation, T&I), including call-off for transportation and installation on Valhall West Flank.

This framework agreement is not included in the planned Alliance model. 

The framework agreements have been signed after completion of a competitive process when qualified suppliers were invited to tender for one or more of the services.  

All framework agreements have durations of six years, with options for four more years. 

Image: The contract signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Aker BP.