North Sea offshore hook up contract for AMEC


AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has been appointed by BP and its co-venturers, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron, to deliver the hook up and commissioning services (HUC) for the two new Clair Ridge platforms.

The work, which is scheduled to run through to March 2016, is valued at £68 million and follows the completion of the engineering and project management services for the Clair Ridge project.

At its peak the work will be carried out by a team of about 800 AMEC and qedi technical experts in the UK.

The contract will see AMEC, and their commissioning and completions specialist business qedi, deliver HUC services for the construction and installation phase of two new bridge-linked platforms, which includes new production, accommodation and drilling facilities plus the subsea pipelines tied into the existing export systems.

The two new platforms are due to be installed in 2015, with production scheduled to start in 2016. BP's £4.5 billion capital investment will give access to 640 million barrels of recoverable oil, and see up to 120,000 barrels per day at peak, extending the life of the field to 2050.

Alan Johnstone, AMEC's Brownfield Managing Director said: "I am delighted that our long track record of delivery of major and complex projects for BP has been recognised through this significant contract award. The award extends our relationship with BP, as well as crowning our overall involvement with this giant development from concept right through to commissioning. We will be utilising our leading expertise from our brownfield centre of excellence and securing jobs for the North Sea."

Clair Ridge will be commissioned by AMEC with the latest technology and processes to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact. This includes minimising offshore commissioning activity in the harsh cold of West of Shetland by maximising the amount of onshore commissioning process, which will also maximise the production ramp up and minimise flaring.

In 2011, AMEC was awarded an engineering and project management services (EPMS) contract for the main platform design of the Clair Ridge development.

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