BP has awarded a Nkr3.2bn ($369m) contract to Aker Solutions to provide maintenance and modifications services at the company’s oil and gas fields in offshore Norway.

Under the five-year contract, Aker Solutions will work on the North Sea fields Ula, Tambar, Hod and Valhall, as well as the Skarv deposit in the Norwegian Sea.

The Ula oil field is located in 70m of water and comprises three conventional steel facilities. The Tambar field is situated 16km south-east of Ula. Valhall is in water depths of 70m and was originally developed with three facilities, but currently has eight platforms.

Hod is a normally unmanned wellhead platform and is remote-operated from Valhall 13km away. The Skarv field is located in the Norwegian Sea, 210km off the coast of Sandnessjøen, and came on-stream in December 2012.

"The contract has an option to be extended by as much as four years."

The contract has an option to be extended by as much as four years.

Aker Solutions Norway head Per Harald Kongelf said: "This contract was won in stiff international and national competition and will help secure jobs on the west coast of Norway, as well as provide crucial support for our development of operations farther north."

The company’s maintenance, modifications and operations units in Stavanger and Sandnessjøen will manage and execute the work at its fabrication yard in Egersund.

BP Norway operations vice president Eldar Larsen said: "Aker Solutions is a very experienced and capable supplier that has over many years had large and demanding deliveries to BP both in development projects and in the production phase.

"The company has shown great flexibility and willingness to develop and use local businesses, which is especially important for activity in Sandnessjøen."

Image: Aker Solutions office in Port Klang, Malaysia. Photo: courtesy of Aker Solutions / Rolf Estensen.