In 2020, Aker Solutions was awarded a contract by Shell to reduce pressure drops on a flowline section for a downstream slug catcher at the Ormen Lange Nyhamna land facility. Part of the solution was to install new HV on / off ball valves.
In late summer, Norflo received an order from Aker for actuated ball valves with a local control panel. The valves were manufactured by Zavero in Italy and the actuator and panel by Biffi,, also from Italy.
Start-up at Shell was set for early 2021 so delivery time was very critical. And some at Aker probably had their doubts whether this would work, as Italy was in lock down due to Covid-19.
Aker Solutions was out early and engaged its colleagues in Milan to follow up on this delivery. We were also calm as we have worked with Zavero for 18 years now and know their delivery punctuality, but at the same time we felt a certain uneasiness when we sat at home without being able to physically travel anywhere to follow up our deliveries.
Zavero opened the factory for Aker Solutions inspector in Milan and set aside a separate area for this delivery where Aker could come and go as they pleased, as long as corona restrictions were followed.
In Norway, we had meetings every other week, preferably together with Italy to get an update of the production and at the same time stay updated on the latest news of Covid-19.
Weeks turned into months and in the end, everything was finished, and we then had a FAT together with a customer, representatives from Shell in Norway also got to participate via video.
Despite shutdowns and a lot of uncertainty, the delivery was handed over to Aker Solutions at the agreed time. They are now installed at the onshore facility at Nyhamna.
This package was handed over on 05.02.2021 without any problems or punch, which is due to you as a supplier.
It is with great satisfaction that we can note that the delivery has been completed within the agreed delivery date. This is particularly impressive from the prevailing conditions (COVID19) and when we know that the collaboration between valve manufacturer (ZaVeRo) and actuator supplier (Biffi) is new.
We would also like to commend both you and the producers for the good cooperation our local successors have experienced. In addition, our inspectors emphasize the openness they have been met with at ZaVeRo as crucial to being able to keep the delivery on schedule.
We join other buyers from Aker in giving a big "thumbs up" for your manufacturers in Italy and the way you as an agent have represented these to us.