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Aker Solutions Secures Major Power Project for TransCanada in North America

Aker Solutions Aker Solutions has been awarded a notice to proceed by TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada) for the construction of a 900 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Under a joint venture, Aker Construction Canada Ltd, a subsidiary of Aker Solutions ASA, and HDR Corporation will execute engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on the project in cooperation with TransCanada. The contract value to Aker Solutions is approximately CAD $400 million.

TransCanada will build, own and operate the 900 MW Oakville Generating Station, having secured a 20-year Clean Energy supply contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). TransCanada expects to invest approximately CAD $1.2 billion in the natural gas-fired combined cycle power station. The project commences immediately and is scheduled to start producing power by the end of 2013.

"We are very pleased with the confidence that TransCanada placed in us with the award of this important project. The current progress being made by our Aker Construction Canada Ltd on the nearby Halton Hills Generating Station for TransCanada demonstrates our strong execution capability," says Simen Lieungh, President & CEO of Aker Solutions.

Aker Construction Canada Ltd will perform construction, construction management and certain procurement for the project. The project is expected to create approximately 600 construction jobs during the anticipated construction period of approximately 28 months. HDR Corporation will complete project design, procure engineered equipment and provide technical assistance for construction and startup.

This Generating Station is part of the OPA initiative to help meet the critical energy and stability needs of the southwest greater Toronto area. The station will provide reliability to support Ontario's growing renewable energy electricity production from wind and solar, whilst contributing towards replacing coal-fired power generation.

TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines. TransCanada's network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 370 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States.

HDR is an international employee-owned architectural, engineering and consulting firm with more than 8,000 professionals in more than 185 locations worldwide. All of them are committed to helping clients manage complex projects and make sound decisions.

The Aker Solutions contract party is Aker Construction Canada Ltd.

Aker Construction, Inc. and Aker Construction Canada Ltd. are the union construction arm of Aker Solutions, and provide a full range of construction, maintenance and renovation services to the North American industrial sector. Our services are characterised by the highest standards of safety, quality, teamwork, innovation and cooperation, thus enabling us to respond to the needs of our customers and deliver on-time and in-budget performance. Direct hire union construction, maintenance and renovation services are provided to the power, steel, chemical, petro-chemical, and other industrial sectors in North America. In addition, Aker Construction provides construction management and project planning services to the above sectors on an international basis.

Published 10/11/09

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