Far East reach for Aker

China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has awarded a $128m contract to Aker Kvaerner for a drilling system and equipment for an ultra deepwater semi-submersible unit.

Under the contract, and Aker Kvaerner subsidiary in Kristiansand, Norway, will install and supervise the commissioning of the system in Chinese waters.

‘This first delivery of drilling equipment systems into the Chinese offshore market is a breakthrough for Aker Kvaerner,’ said Mads Andersen, executive vice-president at Aker Kvaerner.

The drilling rig is scheduled for delivery in early 2011.