Kvaerner, a Norway-based contractor for which delivers engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for offshore platforms and onshore plants, has strengthened its presence in Russia by opening an office in Moscow.
“We are excited by the opportunities in the Russian Sub-arctic and Arctic regions. Establishing a permanent presence in Moscow is important in order to build competence and execute new projects in Russian markets”, says Jan Arve Haugan, President & CEO of Kvaerner.
Kvaerner is the world market leader in marine concrete structures and has more than 40 years of experience as Norway’s leading supplier of production facilities for oil and gas operations. The solid track record represents both offshore and onshore solutions, and shows a particular experience in solving the challenges in remote, harsh and deep water environments.
For more than 10 years, Kvaerner has been active in Russia, successfully delivering three concrete gravity base structures and a utility module, all constructed in Russia based on a high share of local content. From timely deliveries of the Sakhalin II project in 2005 and to the Sakhalin I project in 2012, Kvaerner has demonstrated that it has the capability and competence required to design, construct, and install safe, robust and high quality structures suitable for the remote Arctic in Russia.
“The opening of a Moscow office is a natural step for Kvaerner, moving from a project-by-project focus, to a permanent establishment in order to capture future opportunities in the Russian Arctic and Sub-arctic market”, Haugan continues.
Kvaerner’s office in Moscow is led by Mr Andrey Plotnikov and already has a staff of 10 people currently focusing on business development activities. The new office hosts the 50/50 joint venture company Kvaerner VOSTCO Contractors.
“We see great market potential going forward, where Kvaerner’s full suite of capabilities can be utilized and developed. Being on the ground, building our Russian organisation and further maturing our competence in the region will be key to ensure continued success,” Plotnikov concludes.
A ribbon cutting ceremony, with His Excellency Leidulv Namtvedt, the Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, marked the occasion in the presence of executive representatives from Rosneft and Sovcomflot as well as other guests. In connection with the opening, Kvaerner’s Chairman, Leif-Arne Langøy and the President & CEO, Mr Jan Arve Haugan together with other executives from the company visited the new office.
Press Release, October 07, 2013