Under the scope of the new contract, the duo will be responsible for planning, management and hook-up of the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarter module, and also for the hook-up work associated with the phase two modifications of the riser platform.

The contract is the result of Equinor’s exercising of an option in the NOK900m ($107.38m) Johan Sverdrup Riser platform hook-up contract it gave to Aker Solutions in January 2017.

Aker Solutions projects EVP Knut Sandvik said: “We are delivering well and on schedule on the hook-up work that we are currently performing on the Johan Sverdrup field.

“We are excited to continue our work with Kvaerner and Equinor on Norway’s largest offshore development in the past three decades.”

Kvaerner said that the joint operation under the new scope will be on a 50/50 basis, and will see it operate formally as a subcontractor to Aker Solutions.

The joint team will closely work with Equinor for the new scope as well, and assist in all segments of the project execution.

Kvaerner, which revealed its share of the new contract to be around NOK100m ($11.93m), said that preparations under the new scope will begin this fall. It added that offshore work for the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarter platform is slated to commence in the spring of 2019.

Kvaerner New Solutions business area executive vice president Hans Petter Mølmen said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded these options together with Aker Solutions, as a continuation of the hook-up work that we are performing on the Johan Sverdrup field.

“It reaffirms Kvaerner’s strong position when it comes to delivering offshore hook-up projects on schedule and as agreed with the client. This new award is an inspiration in our never-ending efforts to strengthen our competitiveness.”

Recently, Kvaerner completed delivery of a third jacket of the Johan Castberg project, which is due to begin production in late 2019.