North Sea trio to share transport, offshore accommodation

Offshore staff

LONDON – Petrofac, Faroe Petroleum, and Eni Hewett are teaming up to implement efficiencies and commercial synergies across their operations in the UK southern North Sea.

As duty holder, Petrofac will collaborate with the respective equity owners and operators of the Hewett (Eni), Schooner, and Ketch (both Faroe) gas fields to share logistics and accommodation services.

Faroe Petroleum has invested in a new variant of NHV’s Augusta Westland 139 helicopter that allows for an increase in passenger numbers and freight capacity. It will share use of the aircraft with Eni Hewett.

In exchange, offshore personnel contracted to the normally unmanned Schooner and Ketch assets will stay nearby on the Eni Hewett complex rather than returning to shore each day, cutting travel time and ensuring more cost-efficient mobilization of personnel.

Petrofac too can mobilize its workforce where needed across both operations.

Graham Stewart, CEO of Faroe Petroleum, said: “Since taking over operatorship of Schooner and Ketch last year, we have focused on a number of measures across the supply chain designed to improve operational efficiency without compromising safety which we feel is especially relevant in this new era of low commodity price.

“This arrangement…will materially reduce offshore operating expenditure, and improve operational efficiency.”

Deirdre Michie, Oil & Gas UK’s CEO, said this was “a great example of ‘co-operation in action.’ If we’re to fulfil Sir Ian Wood’s vision to maximize economic recovery from the UK continental shelf (UKCS), cooperation is crucial in restoring competitiveness. We are now hearing examples up and down the country of companies finding ways to work together in order to revitalize the UKCS.”



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