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Aker Solutions has acquired a fabrication facility in Sandnessjøen, Norway, from Ruukki Construction Norge for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition of the facility, located at Helgelands Industrial Park (Helgelands Næringspark), is expected to increase the company’s fabrication capacity in the Norwegian Sea and further north.

The core competence at the facility has historically been within fabrication of steel structures, including product deliveries to the oil industry.

Aker Solutions maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) head Tore Sjursen said the facility in Sandnessjøen will enable the company to provide fabrication services even more competitively, in line with its customers’ expectations.

"With this acquisition, we are positioning ourselves for fabrication work for both existing and future oil and gas field developments in the north," Sjursen added.

"The facility will be able to carry out work related to subsea developments as well as traditional offshore and onshore facilities."

The facility in Sandnessjøen has not been in use since 2011, the company said.

Svein Oskar Nuland, who is responsible fabrication Aker Solutions, said: "We will build up gradually and the goal is that the facility will become an important part of our delivery model in the north."

The company intends to upgrade the existing buildings and equipment, and will also start in transferring knowledge and competence from its fabrication yard in Egersund to the new facility.

The facility will be an integral part of the fabrication organisation within Aker Solutions’ MMO business area.

In February 2012, the company also acquired an engineering company, Sandnessjøen Engineering AS, and has increased its strength from 24 to 41 employees.

Image: Aker Solutions acquired a fabrication facility located at Helgelands Industrial Park. Photo courtesy of Aker Solutions.