Kvaerner entered into a development contract with Norsk Hydro Productions, on behalf of the Fram and Gjoa licensees in the North Sea, for the design and verification of a large 2.5MW subsea centrifugal compressor module. Verification of the concept will be undertaken utilizing a 1 MW subsea centrifugal compressor module, conducting extensive testing with natural gas. The use of subsea gas compressors is considered to be a strategically important step-technology within future subsea processing systems. The gas compressor can be utilized either for gas export or gas injection in new subsea developments. The current development project, which is worth more than $2 million, is due for completion in mid-2002.