Aker expands its production of subsea umbilicals to Asia–Pacific: The company recently announced plans to build a new umbilical manufacturing plant in Pekan, Malaysia, to meet an aticipated regional demand.
Kuantan/Malaysia – With investment costs of US $ 60 million, the plant will complement Aker's existing umbilicals manufacturing plants in Moss, Norway, and Mobile, Alabama/United States. "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. Production begin in Pekan is expected for late 2013.
Malaysia has become an importnat regional hub for Aker in Asia: There the company operates a manufacturing centre for subsea production technologies and drilling risers in Port Klang, close to Kuala Lumpur as well as front-end, design and engineering center.
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.