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September 8, 2004

International Construction

Aker Kvaerner wins $629M contract to construct offshore land facilities

OSLO

Norsk Hydro ASA has awarded Aker Kvaerner ASA a 4.3-billion-kroner ($629-million U.S.) contract to build land facilities for the Ormen Lange offshore natural gas field in the Arctic.

The project covers installation of the natural gas processing plant and connected utility systems, the central part of the Ormen Lange land-based plant.

Ormen Lange field, 100 kilometres off Norway’s northwestern coast, is the second-largest natural gas field—after the Troll Field—ever approved for development in Norwegian waters.

The project, which includes the field development in the Norwegian Sea, a pipeline to land and the processing plant, is expected to cost 65.9 million kroner ($9.64 billion U.S.) and is to begin production in October 2007.

Oslo-based Aker Kvaerner had already won two major Ormen Lange projects, for design of the land-based facility, and for the design and construction of natural gas receiving and exporting systems.

Norsk Hydro is Norway’s secondlargest company, with interests than include petroleum and light metals. It operates in more than 40 countries and in 2003, before spinning of its agriculture divisions, had 44,000 employees.

The Aker Kvaerner construction and engineering group employs about 21,000 people in 30 countries.

The Associated Press

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