March 23, 2015
PENETRON Helps Keep Offshore Oilfield Designer Dry
Aker Solutions, a global Norwegian company that provides oilfield products and services, recently inaugurated a new facility in Stavanger. PENETRON ADMIX was used for the extensive below-ground structures for protection against groundwater and seawater at the construction site.
Aker Solutions provides subsea production equipment and offshore field design services to the oil and gas industry with approximately 17,000 people in over 20 countries. The company’s newest building in Stavanger is the global headquarters for the MMO (Maintenance, Modifications and Operations) division and home to 2,600 employees.
Located adjacent to the North Sea, the Stavanger headquarters features eight above-ground office floors (with a total area of 43,000 m2 / 484,400 square feet) and two below-ground floors for a basement (including a bicycle parking area for 1,000 bicycles) and a parking garage (65,000 m2 / 700,000 square feet) with space for 500 cars.
About 11,000m3 of concrete for this office building were treated with PENETRON Admix, including the building’s foundation and basement structures. The foundation structures are exposed to the water table and chloride penetration from the seawater. PENETRON ADMIX was chosen to ensure comprehensive waterproofing to reduce permeability for chloride ions in the concrete.
“The Aker Solutions site was reclaimed ocean frontage connected directly to the coastline; it was a challenging site for construction,” adds Robert Moen, General Manager of Pen-Tec, the PENETRON subsidiary for the Scandinavian region. “PENETRON ADMIX performed flawlessly. Construction proceeded without delay and the results show a completely dry structure.”