Aker Solutions to establish new umbilical plant in Malaysia



13 April 2012 - Aker Solutions will build a new state-of-of-the-art umbilical manufacturing plant in Pekan, Malaysia, to meet the anticipated growth and the needs of their Asia Pacific customers. The total investment of USD 60 million will expand Aker Solutions' manufacturing capacity and strengthen their position as a leading producer of steel tube umbilicals.

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Pekan, Malaysia

Aker Solutions will build a new state-of-of-the-art umbilical manufacturing plant in Pekan, Malaysia

This new plant increases Aker Solutions’ footprint in Asia and our capability to serve customers in the Asia Pacific region.

The new manufacturing facility close to Kuantan, on the east coast of Malaysia, will complement the existing umbilicals manufacturing plants located in Moss, Norway, and Mobile, Alabama, US.

"I am very excited about the opportunities that will be created by our new manufacturing plant in Malaysia and the added capabilities it ensures. This new plant increases Aker Solutions' footprint in Asia and our capability to serve customers in the Asia Pacific region," says Tove Roskaft, head of Aker Solutions' umbilical business.

She adds: "The umbilical market has robust fundamentals and this strong growth is expected to continue. This investment gives us a strategic advantage in the already booming oil and gas market in the region. As a technology and market leader, we are now ready to take on the opportunity of having umbilical manufacturing hubs in three major oil and gas regions of the world."

Over the past few years, Aker Solutions has invested heavily in Malaysia, which is the company's hub for the Asia Pacific region. This includes their first-class manufacturing centre for subsea production technologies and drilling risers in Port Klang, close to Kuala Lumpur. The company also has a 600-strong front-end, design and engineering hub in Kuala Lumpur.

Subsea umbilicals are deployed on the seabed to supply necessary controls and chemicals to subsea oil and gas wells, subsea manifolds and any subsea system requiring a remote control. Over the past 15 years, Aker Solutions has delivered more than 400 umbilicals to some of the world's most challenging fields, from harsh environment to ultra-deep, high-pressure water conditions.

Aker Solutions has already opened its regional head office for umbilicals in downtown Kuala Lumpur managed by Mr. Crawford Tennant who is an industry veteran and former head of the Aker Solutions facility in Port Klang. The Pekan facility is scheduled to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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For further information, please contact:

Media:
Severin Roald, Vice President Communications, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 22 94 55 23, Mob: +47 92 03 00 33, E-mail: severin.roald@akersolutions.com.

Investor relations:
Astrid Thommesen Sæbø, Vice President Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 22 94 63 37, Mob: +47 48 17 00 35, E-mail: astrid.thommesen.saebo@akersolutions.com.

Suppliers:
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Aker Solutions provides oilfield products, systems and services for customers in the oil and gas industry world-wide. The company's knowledge and technologies span from reservoir to production and through the life of a field.

Aker Solutions brings together engineering and technologies for oil and gas drilling, field development and production. The company employs approximately 23 500 people in more than 30 countries. They apply the knowledge and create and use technologies that deliver their customers' solutions.

Aker Solutions ASA is the parent company in the group, which consists of a number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common brand and trademark for most of these entities. In 2011 Aker Solutions had aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 36.5 billion. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

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