FORNEBU, Norway – Aker Solutions has started construction of a new plant in Paraná state, which is designed to double the company’s subsea production capacity in Brazil.
The new 168,220-sq m (1.8 MM-sq ft) plant in the city of São José dos Pinhais will be operational in 2015, and will replace the company’s existing subsea manufacturing facility in Curitiba. It will have around 1,200 employees.
Aker needed the increased capacity after winning an$800-million contract last month from Petrobras for presalt field developments off Brazil. The order was for 60 well sets with vertical subsea trees, subsea control systems, tools, and spares.
Last year, the company started to build a new multi-purpose service site for its drilling equipment business in Macaé, 180 km (112 mi) northeast of Rio de Janeiro, which is due to open in 2014. Additionally, the company has branches in Rio de Janeiro and Rio das Ostras.