Norwegian integrated energy firm StatoilHydro has awarded a contract worth NOK180 million to the engineering and construction conglomerate Aker Kvaerner for towing and installing the Gjoa Semi platform in the North Sea.

Aker said that the work comprises installation of the mooring system, transportation and installation of the Gjoa Semi platform. Pre-installation of the 16 leg mooring system will be executed in 2009, while tow to field and installation of the Gjoa Semi will be executed in 2010.

The company noted that the highly specified offshore construction vessel Boa Sub C, chartered by Aker Marine Contractors will be installing the heavy mooring system, while the other vessels will be sourced from marine service provider Maersk Supply Service. The planning and engineering will commence in January 2008.

Torgeir Ramstad, president of Aker Marine Contractors, said: We look forward to start this project work which is the second significant floater installation contract won within just a few days. We appreciate the confidence we are given by StatoilHydro, which will help us to develop our capabilities further along with our strategy, to be the preferred floater installation contractor.