|Phone:||+47 24 13 00 00|
|Address:||Fjordallèen 16, P.O.Box 1423 Vika, N-0115 Oslo, Norway|
|Subsidiaries:||Aker Kvaerner, Aker Yards, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard|
|Affiliates:||Sea Launch (20%)|
Kværner ASA is a Norway-based engineering and construction services company.
- Sea Launch (20%)
Kværner was founded in Oslo in 1853 and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1967.
By the 1990s, Kværner assembled a collection of engineering and industrial businesses, including shipbuilding, construction of offshore oil and gas platforms, production of pulp and paper manufacturing equipment, and operation of shipping fleet.
In 1996, Kvaerner acquired the UK conglomerate Trafalgar House and moved its international headquarters from Oslo to London. Kvaerner made further acquisitions, financed predominantly by debt, until the economic slowdown in 2001 and a series of management missteps brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy.
In November 2001, Kvaerner was forced to merge with its rival Aker Maritime, a Norwegian oil services group controlled by Kjell Inge Røkke. Røkke scuppered the solution preferred by Kværner's management, a rescue by Russia's oil giant Yukos. Kværner's international headquarters returned to Oslo and Kvaerner was restructured to become a holding company, with operating activities concentrated in Aker Kværner and Aker Yards.