Aker Wayfarer wins major five-year Petrobras contract in Brazil

An Aker Solutions’ subsidiary has won a contract worth $465m over five years from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil from the Aker Wayfarer vessel.

The contract, which will be carried out by Aker Oilfield Services (AKOFS), will start in the fourth quarter of 2016 and has a five-year option extension. 

The Aker Wayfarer offshore supply ship will be outfitted at a yard in Norway to become a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel (SESV).

It will have a fibre-rope deployment system, deck skidding systems and a subsea orientation equipment system, allowing it to install and retrieve subsea trees and modules, including subsea structures and manifolds.

The Aker Wayfarer will be the second vessel of this type operated by AKOFS in Brazil. Skandi Santos, the first vessel of this type operated by AKOFS, has performed SESV services successfully for Petrobras since starting operations in March 2010.

At the end of September AKOFS will become part of Akastor, an oilfield services investment company that will be one of the two companies formed as part of the separation of Aker Solutions, announced in July 2014.