Aker Solutions has signed a Nkr1bn ($120m) agreement to provide maintenance and other services for subsea facilities at offshore oil and gas fields operated by Petrobras in Brazil.

The three-year contract, which can also be extended by another three years, will cover maintenance, storage, supply of parts, as well as technical assistance for all subsea equipment delivered by Aker Solutions to Petrobras.

Aker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: "Brazil is a key global offshore market.

"We have a nearly four-decade presence in the country and are committed to finding solutions to help Petrobras develop its petroleum resources in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible."

Aker Solutions will manage the contract at the base in Rio das Ostras in Rio de Janeiro.

"Brazil is a key global offshore market."

This month, the company is opening a new subsea manufacturing center in Curitiba. It is also upgrading its subsea services unit in Rio das Ostras in a bid to better meet customer demand.

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Aker Solutions Brazil head Maria Peralta said: "We are pleased to be able to continue providing top-notch services and technologies to support Petrobras’ production and growth plans in the pre-salt deepwater fields."

Separately, Aker Solutions is redeveloping its Kirkhill Avenue manufacturing site in Dyce, Aberdeen, to strengthen its capabilities in the UK.

The sitehas served as a joint subsea equipment manufacturing and subsea services facility since 1993, and will now include a multi-product services area and electronics labs that will expand the company’s subsea services offering in the UK.

Other developments at the site include new office accommodation with improved welfare facilities for employees.

Image: The contract will cover maintenance, storage, supply of parts for all subsea equipment delivered by Aker Solutions to Petrobras. Photo: courtesy of Aker Solutions.