Oil service giant Aker Solutions said today it had started construction of a new manufacturing plant in Brazil, which will “double” its production capacity in the country.
Aker is expanding its manufacturing capacity after winning a £529million (USD 800 million) contract last month to deliver subsea equipment to the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
The equipment will be used at Petrobras’ deepwater field developments in the pre-salt area off Brazil.
The new plant is located in the city of Sao Jose dos Pinhais in Parana state and is expected to be operational in 2015, employing about 2,000 people.
It will replace the firm’s subsea manufacturing facility in the city of Curitiba.