Saipem and Havfram are exploring the potential to create an integrated offering for the development and construction of offshore wind farms.
The two companies, alongside HVAS Invest Kappa – a holding company controlled by HitecVision – announced the signing of a non-binding agreement on Monday.
In a statement they said they would look to develop a wider value proposition by integrating a range of their existing construction and operational services in the offshore sector.
A cooperation between the HitecVision-controlled Havfram and Saipem would build upon Havfram’s offshore installation expertise and Saipem’s offshore wind EPCI nous and construction assets.
Saipem said the potential tie-up would support its 2022-25 strategic plans, which aims at strengthening its offshore wind offering and identifying new models for execution and management. It will also help provide work for a new generation of installation assets, such as jackups.
Meanwhile, Havfram’s said it would support its goals of accelerating growth in its EPCI and service- offerings in offshore wind.
The companies will now set up a joint team to study and develop the technical, organisational, and financial aspects of any possible collaboration.
If successful, a more detailed definition of the business model and a final agreement would be signed by late Q3 2022.
Milan-headquartered Saipem is currently working on plans for a €2 billion capital increase and asset sell-off, in a bid to reverse its fortunes after a shock plummet in earnings earlier this year.
In January the company issued a profit warning and said its accounts for 2021 were expected to show a loss of more than one-third of the company’s equity.
Saipem blamed rising supply chain costs and poor project margins in offshore wind and onshore construction.
Its woes were exacerbated by the failure of a block wire during testing on board the Saipem 7000 crane vessel in April, although an investigation in the wake of the incident reportedly found no “significant structural damage”.