The contracts are valued at NOK7bn ($876.6m) and are expected to run until the end of 2030. These agreements are expected to facilitate increased innovation and technology development within the ISO services conducted at Statoil facilities.

And, it also includes further stimulation of upgrading specialist skills and increased percentage of apprenticeship certificates.

Statoil’s chief procurement officer, Pål Eitrheim said: “We aim at predictability in our interaction with the suppliers. Thanks to our close and good dialogue with Bilfinger and Kaefer we have now established long-term contracts that both ensure good technical solutions, and are commercially sustainable for the companies.

“This provides us with the necessary basis for long-term collaboration to drive safety and efficiency improvements, which we look forward to.”

The facilities that will be provided with ISO services by Bilfinger will include Snorre A/B, Sleipner A/B/R/T, Gudrun, Gina Krog, Draupner, Oseberg Feltsenter and Veslefrikk. And the sites covered by Kaefer will include Troll A/B/C, Åsgard A/B and Kristin.

As per Statoil, Bilfinger and Kaefer have been responsible for ISO services on installations where renegotiated frameworks have been signed since 2010. There was an exception to this, as Draupner was selected as a supplier, and change of supplier opens for a flexible use of resources across Sleipner Multifield.

Statoil senior vice president for operations technology in development and production Norway Kjetil Hove said: “We look forward to continuing our partnership and improvement work with Bilfinger and Kaefer. The ISO disciplines help ensure safe and efficient operations at our facilities.

“This work is important in order to achieve a sustainable cost level, thus supporting long-term production on the NCS.”

Image: Scaffolding work on the Sleipner field. Photo: Courtesy of Harald Pettersen/ Statoil ASA.