Aker Solutions buys US produced water de-oiling product and services company

2013-01-03 08:33:49 -

Aker Solutions is buying Separation Specialists Inc., a California-based
provider of produced water de-oiling products and field services, which
strengthens the international oil services company's position in the produced
water de-oiling segment.

"With the acquisition of Separation Specialists, we are able to offer a complete
produced water de-oiling solution from one vendor. There is also an excellent
cultural fit between the two entities, which we look forward to further
developing," says David Merle, head of Aker Solutions' process systems business.

Aker Solutions will immediately be able to offer Separation Specialists'
products, such as nutshell filters (NSF), mechanical induced gas flotation (IGF)
and field services, through its global distribution and execution network. This
will enable the company to go to market with an integrated produced water de-
oiling treatment offering, in addition to its existing crude oil treatment

"The acquisition offers an entry point for Aker Solutions' products and services
to Separation Specialists' existing client base on the US west coast, in the
Gulf of Mexico, Russia and the Middle East," says Merle.

Aker Solutions offers a complete range of process systems technologies to the
oil and gas industry adapted to onshore and offshore requirements. Aker
Solutions' North American headquarter is located in Houston, Texas.

The transaction value is undisclosed.

Separation Specialists
Separation Specialists Inc's main office is in Bakersfield, California. The
company also has a facility in Louisiana. It was established in 1989 and has
about 20 employees.

The company provides products for all types of produced water, including for
oilfield, industrial, aluminum manufacturing, paper mills, and railroad usage.
The product range includes mechanically induced gas flotation, nutshell
filters/walnut shell filters, ASME tank fabrication and repair, gravity
separation equipment. The company also offers troubleshooting and field
lifecycle services for own and third-party products.

The company will continue to market its services using its current name,
Separation Specialists.


For further information, please contact:

Ivar Simensen, Acting Chief Communications Officer, Aker Solutions. Tel:
+47 67 59 41 90, Mob: +47 46 40 23 17, E-mail:

Investor relations:
Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39,
Mob: +47 91 13 71 94, E-mail:

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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
25 000 people in more than 30 countries. They apply the knowledge and create and
use technologies that deliver their 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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