Aker Solutions acquires managed pressure drilling specialist Managed Pressure Operations (MPO)

February 27, 2013 - Aker Solutions has acquired Managed Pressure Operations International, Ltd. (MPO), a company that has successfully developed the next generation of continuous circulation, riser gas handling and managed pressure drilling systems.
Aker Solutions acquires managed pressure drilling specialist Managed Pressure Operations (MPO)

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The acquisition places Aker Solutions at the forefront of technology development in the market for managed pressure drilling

The acquisition places Aker Solutions at the forefront of technology development in the market for managed pressure drilling (MPD) which is seen as a key technology enabling better drilling performance and safety. MPO has also developed a new generation riser gas handling system to capture and safely handle gas in the riser.

The company currently employs 100 people in operating subsidiaries in Singapore, Dubai, Jakarta and Houston. These will join Aker Solutions' more than 3 000 drilling technologies experts all over the world. MPO's revenues are expected to continue to increase sharply in the coming years, from revenue of around US $30 million in 2012.

"MPO has proven technically-superior products and the ability to adapt and cater to a client's specific needs. We are pleased to include their offerings in Aker Solutions' portfolio of products, systems and services. The company has a solid reputation as both a product and a service provider, and already provides services to major drilling contractors and oil companies," said Thor Arne Håverstad, head of Aker Solutions' drilling technologies business.

Safe and efficient
MPO provides in-depth knowledge and technologies within the emerging MPD segment. The main rationale for using managed pressure drilling is to improve safety and efficiency, enable access to new fields with challenging drilling conditions, and enhance the life of mature fields. Aker Solutions aims to integrate the MPO MPD system in its rig design and will supply the equipment as part of complete drilling packages to offer clients state of the art solutions.
 
"Managed pressure drilling is a key safety technology for exploration drilling, high pressure high temperature prospect development, ultra deepwater of pre-salt carbonate reservoirs, as well as a drilling efficiency tool when used consistently like other game changing technologies like the top drive," says Charles Orbell, who co-founded MPO in 2008.

MPO's riser gas handling system will improve the safety and performance of current floating rig drilling technologies.

"Currently, deepwater exploration drilling is exposed to challenges related to the issue of small gas volumes with high pressure flowing into the riser and escalating through the riser to the surface, causing potentially dangerous 'gas-kicks'. MPO has developed a riser gas handling system that includes a quick closing annular blow-out preventer connected to the top of the riser, which can capture and safely transfer this gas off the rig," said Christian Leuchtenberg, co-founder and chief technology officer of MPO.

The transaction has been closed.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Media:
Ivar Simensen, Acting Chief Communication Officer, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 59 41 90, Mob: +47 46 40 23 17, E-mail: ivar.simensen@akersolutions.com

Investor relations:
Lasse Torkildsen, SVP Investor Relations, Aker Solutions. Tel: +47 67 51 30 39, Mob: +47 91 13 71 94, E-mail: lasse.torkildsen@akersolutions.com

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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 27 500 people in more than 30 countries. We apply the knowledge and create and use technologies that deliver our customers' solutions.

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