NORWEGIAN engineering group Kvaerner has formed an engineering joint venture with China Offshore Oil Engineering (COOEC) for the development of joint engineering capability for international Engineering, Procurement and Construction projects.

The joint venture, Kvaerner COOEC Engineering & Technology (KCET), is located in Qingdao, in the Chinese province of Shandong, and follows on from the signing of a ten year strategic cooperation agreement between the two companies in April 2013.

In an announcement, Kvaerner said more than 70 engineering personnel from both companies were already working on the site to execute basic engineering for KCET’s first topside module project in China, Enping Phase II.

COOEC chief executive Zhou Xuezhong said the joint venture would provide international clients with a complete package of engineering, procurement, construction and installation solutions.

“COOEC recognises Kvaerner as the ideal partner within international deep water and harsh environment projects to support COOEC’s ambition domestically and internationally,” Mr Zhou said.

“Kvaerner will bring international management, tools and working methods while COOEC is providing a team of experienced offshore engineers.”

Kvaerner chief executive Jan Arve Haugan said his company would benefit from COOEC’s cost-effective engineering and fabrication methodology.

“The company will provide a close interaction between engineering and fabrication to ensure control of quality, HSSE, schedule and cost underpinned by safety in design,” he said.

“The COOEC partnership is important for Kvaerner’s future international growth as well as further development of cost efficient delivery models.”

The new company is headed by general manager Arnstein Ansnes from Kvaerner and his deputy is Zhang Yanfang from COOEC.