2013-02-27 08:10:26 -
27 February 2013 - Aker Solutions has acquired Managed Pressure Operations
International, Ltd. (MPO), a company that has successfully developed the next
generation of continuous circulation, riser gas handling and managed pressure
The acquisition places Aker Solutions at the forefront of technology development
in the market for managed pressure drilling (MPD) which is seen as a key
technology enabling better drilling performance and safety. MPO has also
developed a new generation riser gas handling system to capture and safely
handle gas in the riser.
The company currently employs 100 people in operating subsidiaries in Singapore,
Dubai, Jakarta and Houston. These will join Aker Solutions' more than 3 000
drilling technologies experts all over the world. MPO's revenues are expected to
continue to increase sharply in the coming years, from revenue
of around US $30
million in 2012.
"MPO has proven technically-superior products and the ability to adapt and cater
to a client's specific needs. We are pleased to include their offerings in Aker
Solutions' portfolio of products, systems and services. The company has a solid
reputation as both a product and a service provider, and already provides
services to major drilling contractors and oil companies," said Thor Arne
Håverstad, head of Aker Solutions' drilling technologies business.
Safe and efficient
MPO provides in-depth knowledge and technologies within the emerging MPD
segment. The main rationale for using managed pressure drilling is to improve
safety and efficiency, enable access to new fields with challenging drilling
conditions, and enhance the life of mature fields. Aker Solutions aims to
integrate the MPO MPD system in its rig design and will supply the equipment as
part of complete drilling packages to offer clients state of the art solutions.
"Managed pressure drilling is a key safety technology for exploration drilling,
high pressure high temperature prospect development, ultra deepwater of pre-salt
carbonate reservoirs, as well as a drilling efficiency tool when used
consistently like other game changing technologies like the top drive," says
Charles Orbell, who co-founded MPO in 2008.
MPO's riser gas handling system will improve the safety and performance of
current floating rig drilling technologies.
"Currently, deepwater exploration drilling is exposed to challenges related to
the issue of small gas volumes with high pressure flowing into the riser and
escalating through the riser to the surface, causing potentially dangerous 'gas-
kicks'. MPO has developed a riser gas handling system that includes a quick
closing annular blow-out preventer connected to the top of the riser, which can
capture and safely transfer this gas off the rig," said Christian Leuchtenberg,
co-founder and chief technology officer of MPO.
The transaction has been closed.
For further information, please contact:
Ivar Simensen, Acting Chief Communication Officer, Aker Solutions. Tel:
+47 67 59 41 90, Mob: +47 46 40 23 17, E-mail: email@example.com
Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39,
Mob: +47 91 13 71 94, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about sourcing and potential subcontracts for this
project, please visit www.akersolutions.com/suppliers
Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in
the oil and gas industry world-wide. The company's knowledge and technologies
span from reservoir to production and through the life of a field.
Aker Solutions brings together engineering and technologies for oil and gas
drilling, field development and production. The company employs approximately
27 500 people in more than 30 countries. We apply the knowledge and create and
use technologies that deliver our customers' solutions.
Aker Solutions ASA is the parent company in the group, which consists of a
number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common brand
and trademark for most of these entities. In 2011 Aker Solutions had aggregated
annual revenues of approximately NOK 36.5 billion. The company is listed on the
Oslo Stock Exchange.
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