Global engineering and design consultancy Arup has joined the Marginal Field Delivery Consortium established by ABT Oil and Gas to assist in the delivery of its marginal field initiative.

Other members of the consortium include AGR, Apollo, Braemar ACM, Frames, Kongsberg Maritime and RMRI.

ABT said Arup has considerable project management experience that will enhance the consortium’s ability to deliver its solutions on schedule and its addition serves as a positive step for the initiative.

Four of Arup’s range of ACE self-installing and re-deployable platforms have been deployed to date, with the fifth currently being developed for a field in the UK North Sea.

"The lean and focussed approach being adopted is exactly what is required to maximise recovery of resources in the North Sea and beyond at a time of lower oil prices."

The four platforms have been deployed in Australia’s Bass Strait, the Taranaki Basin off New Zealand, the West Natuna Sea in Indonesia and the West Philippine Sea.

ABT Oil and Gas CEO Alan Minty said: "We are delighted that an organisation that is as well-established and well-respected as Arup so clearly sees the value in what ABTOG’s Consortium is doing.

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"Their ACE structures represent a very credible and attractive option for a number of the projects on which ABTOG is currently in discussions, and Arup’s approach to project management is exactly what is required to ensure successful delivery of marginal field projects."

Arup oil and gas leader Rob Duffin said: "Arup is very pleased to be involved in ABTOG’s Marginal Field Delivery Consortium and believes that the lean and focussed approach being adopted is exactly that that is required to maximise recovery of resources in the North Sea and beyond at a time of lower oil prices.

"Our self-installing ACE platform is a proven and safe, environmentally sensitive, efficient and cost effective solution that fits well with the objectives of the consortium and we look forward to working with all members to deliver real value and increased opportunities for our clients."