Bilfinger has secured a new three-year contract with INEOS FPS to provide maintenance services for the Forties Pipeline System (FPS) in Scotland.

Effective from January 2024, the contract includes options to extend for an additional two years.

Bilfinger said the agreement continues a partnership spanning more than a decade and aims to ensure the reliability and longevity of the FPS, which is essential for transporting and processing North Sea oil and gas.

Under the contract, Bilfinger’s maintenance, insulation, scaffolding and corrosion protection business units will be responsible for delivering access, insulation, coating and fireproofing services.

These efforts will support both onshore and offshore facilities of the 169km pipeline system.

Bilfinger UK engineering & maintenance president Sandy Bonner said: “Our ambition to be the number one partner in efficiency and sustainability, together with our long-standing investment in development of local personnel, positions us perfectly to support INEOS [to] extend the life of the critical FPS infrastructure while minimising its environmental impact.

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“In our long-standing partnership, we continue to share the commitment to continuously improve the effectiveness of maintenance and the efficiency of service delivery; continually improving asset reliability and meeting operational efficiency challenges.”

Commissioned in 1975, the FPS is an integrated oil and gas liquid transportation and processing system with capacity of more than 600,000 barrels per day.

It is intended to serve the central area of the North Sea in both the UK and Norway.

INEOS FPS operations director Ewan MacAngus said: “We look forward to continuing this collaboration. Bilfinger’s drive for continuous improvement and its ability to respond flexibly to our priorities and strategic objectives have been key contributors.”