When did we first discover oil on the Norwegian continental shelf? A big interactive wall with text, pictures and videos provides a chronological overview of the Aker companies and the oil and gas industry’s fascinating history. You can also reflect upon the future challenges and possibilities of the industry.


Starting out as a small mechanical workshop on the banks of the Aker River in Oslo in the 1840s, Aker Solutions now has offices and locations on all continents, and employees from across the globe. Explore our interactive wall with stories, pictures and videos from our fascinating history.



What has happened in the Aker companies and the oil and gas industries lately?  Have a look at our “Present” screen and get to know the exciting projects we are working on, as well as how we are coping with the challenging times that arrived with the falling price of oil.



We are proud of our past – and excited about our future. The development of technology and innovation has taken us far, but we have only just begun. Would you like to play a part in the next technological breakthrough in the oil and gas industry?


Hydro Turbine

Kværner delivered its first hydropower turbine in 1873. In those days hydroelectricity became the driving force of industrialization in Norway.



Article from 1856

Peter Steenstrup was one of the founders of Aker Mechanical Workshop in 1841. Steenstrup had no technical education, but managed to construct a steam engine while serving as a cadet. In 1856, he wrote this article on steam engines.


Spherical tanks for natural gas

Why do LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) ships have giant spherical tanks on deck? They carry gas that is turned into liquid by lowering the temperature to -160 degrees. The spherical tank design is recognized around the world, and LNG tankers are only surpassed by cruise ships when it comes to the cost of building them.


Troll A platform

Did you know that it took seven days to tow the Troll A platform out to the field? And that it’s 148 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower?  The platform was awarded in 1999 a prize for the biggest engineering accomplishment of the century.


Water injection pump

Can water be used to get more oil out of a reservoir? In 2008, Aker Solutions delivered the world’s largest subsea pumps for Statoil’s water injection project, Tyrihans. The pumps sit on the seabed and inject water into the reservoir, increasing the pressure and the recovery rate of oil and gas.


Aker H3 drilling rig

The Aker H3 is one of the greatest success stories in terms of floating platforms. When oil was discovered off Norway, Aker was developing new semi-submersible drilling rigs. A total of 37 Aker H3 rigs were produced, and even though the concept is 40 years old, most of them are still in operation.


Aker H-6e drilling rig

he Aker H-6e is the world’s largest and most advanced drilling rig, and a descendant of the H3 model. The letter “E” means extreme, and this rig truly is. It can operate in harsh conditions and extreme temperatures. The H6-e can drill wells10,000 meters deep, which practically means it can drill deeper than the height of Mount Everest.


Johan SverdrupPhoto - Statoil

Johan Sverdrup is one of the largest discoveries on the Norwegian shelf since the 1980s, and was one of the largest in the world in 2010. This is an ongoing project, and production is scheduled to start in 2019.