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New Plant Formally Inaugurated in Macaé, Brazil

New Plant Formally Inaugurated in Macaé, Brazil
June 17, 2016 Sissel Mittet

New Plant Formally Inaugurated in Macaé, Brazil

Recently, a 26 000 square meter plant in Macaé was inaugurated during a ceremony attended by approximately 100 representatives from customers, other business partners, and authorities. The new plant represents a significant investment for MHWirth and shows our long-term commitment in the area.

“With this new plant, we are investing in the future and significantly increasing our capacity and ability to manufacture and perform overhaul activities on all our equipment – both top side equipment and drilling risers,” says Trond Fiskum, Senior Vice President responsible for the MHWirth business in Brazil.

MHWirth’s Chief Commercial Officer, Roy Arne Dyrseth added: “Brazil has been and will continue to be an important player in offshore oil production. This plant will provide the Brazilian market with local services and products for many decades to come. We have a long-term perspective on our presence in Brazil and believe that the current downturn in the market is just temporary. When offshore drilling starts to recover in Brazil we will be prepared.”

A state-of-the-art Plant for Manufacturing, Overhaul and Services of Drilling Equipment

The new plant consists of an 11 500 sqm riser manufacturing and overhaul facility that has been carefully designed according to lean manufacturing principles and where all key processes like welding, heat treatment, blasting, and painting are done in-house to secure cost competitiveness and quality.

The plant also includes an 8 500 sqm top side facility with a full scale DDM test tower utilized to ensure the equipment is fully operational prior to installation in the drilling unit. The facility has overhead cranes with capacity up to 80 ton and lifting heights up to 16 meters. The administrative building contains a new training centre and features a 240° realistic dome simulator that places our customers’ operators in a realistic drilling environment in a cost efficient and risk-free manner. The centre offers training to help customers to improve rig performance and reduce costs. The site also provides other services such as spare part sales and technical support teams that give customers operational support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About MHWirth

MHWirth is a leading global provider of first-class drilling solutions and services designed to give our valued customers safer, more efficient and reliable operations. The company’s vision drives an unparalleled commitment to quality and major economic advantages.

The company is headquartered in Kristiansand, Norway, has some 2200 employees, and has operations in more than 16 countries. MHWirth has been present in Brazil since 1997. It is fully owned by Akastor which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

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