Aker Solutions has acquired a manufacturing facility in Sandnessjøen, Norway, to increase its capacity in the Norwegian Sea and further north.
The Norwegian engineering company says in a press release that the purchase is part of Aker Solutions' Northern Norway strategy.
The facility, which is located at Helgelands Industrial Park in Sandnessjøen, Norway (Helgelands Næringspark), is being acquired from Ruukki Construction Norge AS. Historically, the core competence at the facility has been within production of steel structures, including product deliveries to the oil industry. The transaction value is undisclosed.
"As the oil and gas industry moves further north, it is important to build up our capacity in northern Norway. The facility in Sandnessjøen will enable us to provide manufacturing services even more competitively, in line with our customers' expectations," says Tore Sjursen, head of maintenance, modifications and operations (MMO) in Aker Solutions.
The facility in Sandnessjøen has not been in use since autumn 2011.
"With this acquisition, we are positioning ourselves for fabrication work for both existing and future oil and gas field developments in the north. The facility will be able to carry out work related to subsea developments as well as traditional offshore and onshore facilities," Sjursen continues.
"Exactly how many who will be working at the facility is dependent on our ability to secure work from our customers. However, we will start by recruiting around 40 employees to our new facility," Sjursen ends.