Aker BP chooses crane supplier Palfinger



Aker BP has awarded Palfinger Marine Norway a framework agreement for cranes.

Palfinger will deliver cranes for the offshore platforms in two major development projects. The company will also further develop remote operations technology and work together with Aker BP during the operations phase for the cranes.

The agreement covers delivery of a total of six electric cranes for four platforms in two development projects during 2022: The North of Alvheim (NOA) Fulla field, North Sea, Norway and a new central platform on Valhall (NCP).

Palfinger and Aker BP have cooperated for many years, and Palfinger recently delivered four cranes to the Valhall IP platform. The new framework agreement has a duration of ten years, with additional options, and is divided into four phases: pre-engineering, implementation, research and development, and operations.

Aker BP’s SVP operations and asset development, Ine Dolve, said: “We continue to build on the alliance model, and through this framework agreement we have ensured that our partner Aker Solutions has access to capacity with a solid subcontractor in a global market. This allows us to work closely and integrate with Palfinger in the early stages of these projects, and thus achieve even greater improvements in the operations phase,”

“Another important part of the framework agreement is to work together to facilitate remote operations of cranes. We see opportunities for major reductions in operating costs, reduced risk and exposure of personnel through remote-controlled operations.”

When production starts in 2027, the NOA Fulla field will be run from an integrated operations centre in Stavanger, Norway. The NOA PdQ platform, the very heart of the NOAKA area, is designed for low manning, and will also be periodically unmanned.

“The operating strategy for NOA Fulla assumes a high degree of remote operations. Finalising this framework agreement for cranes ensures that we can support this strategy,” Dolve concluded.