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Aker H-6e drilling rigs featured on Discovery Channel


A major feat of engineering will be successfully concluded when, by the end of this month, Aker Solutions hands over the second of two Aker H-6e drilling rigs to Aker Drilling. Building two of the world’s most advanced drilling rigs, tailored to operate in harsh environments, extreme temperatures and in ultra-deep waters, has been an extraordinary project that quickly caught the attention of the Discovery Channel.

Discovery, the non-fiction media channel with hundreds of millions of subscribers around the world, selected the project to be part of its popular series “Mega Builders”.

The TV channel will broadcast a 60 minute documentary about the Aker H-6e project in 24 European and Asian countries, bringing Aker Solutions’ engineering and management expertise to its broadest-ever worldwide audience. The programme is scheduled to be aired in Norway on Sunday 28 June at 22:00.

- I am very proud of what we have accomplished. This has been one of the most challenging and developing engineering projects we have been involved in. We are delivering the most advanced drilling rigs the world has ever seen. They are specially designed to meet high environmental standards and can operate in ultra deep waters, harsh environments, extreme temperatures and long distances from supply infrastructure. With these rigs we meet the oil companies need to conduct oil exploration in increasingly challenging environments, says Simen Lieungh, president and CEO in Aker Solutions.

Jan Andersen, general manager for Discovery Networks Nordic, says the TV channel had a number of reasons for selecting this particular project to fill a whole one-hour episode of its very popular series, in a season consisting of only six shows.

“The main consideration was that the H-6e designs will be the largest mobile rigs in the world that are specifically designed to drill for oil under extreme conditions in very unforgiving environments. The story is also fascinating because construction happened in two very different locations - Norway and Dubai. What’s more, the hulls were built in sections, which then had to be assembled, and we have never shown anything quite like that on Mega Builders.”

The Aker H-6e builds on the good experience acquired from the Aker H-3 and Aker H-4 design, counting a total of 37 units. Most of them are more than 30 years old and with these new rigs Akers rig design is ready to operate also for the next 40 years.

Aker Solutions ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Aker Solutions”), is a leading global provider of engineering and construction services, technology products and integrated solutions. Aker Solutions’ business serves several industries, including oil & gas, refining & chemicals, mining & metals and power generation. The Aker Solutions group is organised in a number of separate legal entities. Aker Solutions is used as the common brand/trademark for most of these entities.

Aker Solutions’ parent company is Aker Solutions ASA. Aker Solutions has aggregated annual revenues of approximately NOK 58 billion and employs approximately 23 000 people in about 30 countries.

Aker Solutions is part of Aker (, a group of premier companies with a focus on energy, maritime and marine resource industries. The Aker companies share a common set of values and a long tradition of industrial innovation. As an industrial owner controlling 40.27 percent of the shares in Aker Solutions through Aker Holding AS, Aker ASA takes an active role in the development of Aker Solutions.

About Discovery Channel’s “Mega Builders”
“Mega Builders” is a Discovery Channel series which features with the world’s most outstanding engineering feats. This series seeks out and follows the largest and the most advanced, creative, demanding and modern construction projects on the planet. With sophisticated tools, new high-tech materials and creative engineering, today’s building projects can reach higher, stretch wider and push the boundaries further than ever before.
“Mega Builders” follow the process from sketches until the giant is complete. The show takes the viewer into the heart of these huge developments, with behind-the-scenes tours, computer-generated images of the completed projects and in-depth interviews with the project designers and builders.
Other mega project that has been featured in this season of Mega Builders are among others Danish containerships, Hard Rock Park, floating bridges and MGM City Within a City in Las Vegas.

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications is the world’s number one non-fiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Science and Discovery HD, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 13 Discovery brands reach 202 million cumulative subscribers in 104 countries with programming customized in 24 languages.

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