Baker Hughes, Aker Solutions form subsea production alliance

Baker Hughes Inc. and Aker Solutions ASA have agreed to form an alliance to develop technology for production solutions that will boost output, increase recovery rates, and reduce costs for subsea fields.

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HOUSTONBaker Hughes Inc. (NYSE:BHI) and Aker Solutions ASA (OSE:AKSO) have agreed to form an alliance to develop technology for production solutions that will boost output, increase recovery rates, and reduce costs for subsea fields.

The non-incorporated alliance will combine Aker Solutions' strengths in subsea production and processing systems with Baker Hughes' knowledge in well completions and artificial-lift technology to deliver reliable, integrated in-well and subsea production solutions. The alliance team also will focus on advancing the industry's well-intervention capabilities to further optimize efficiency and reduce risks in subsea developments.

The structure of the alliance allows each company to offer any products and services to design the best solution for customers' production challenges.

"Deepwater subsea fields have so far been characterized by low recovery rates, and new discoveries in deeper and more hostile environments are making these fields even more costly to develop," said Martin Craighead, Baker Hughes' chairman and CEO. "The single-digit recovery rates currently being achieved at many of these fields don't support a sustainable business model. By joining forces, Baker Hughes and Aker Solutions will identify and integrate the most effective combinations of in-well and subsea technologies, enabling greater production rates — efficiently and economically — from subsea fields."

Baker Hughes' Brage Johannessen and Aker Solutions' Svenn Ivar Fure will lead the alliance for their respective companies as general managers. The alliance core team will be co-located and based in Houston.

04/22/2014

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