Project management and consulting services company Atkins has won a five-year offshore contract to assist UK’s Centrica Energy with oil and gas decommissioning activity.
Under the multidisciplinary pre-FEED (Front End Engineering Design) decommissioning contract, Atkins will provide engineering and design services to the energy company.
According to Atkins, the deal is applicable to any fields to be decommissioned in the UK or Netherlands during the contract period, as decided by Centrica.
Atkins oil and gas business managing director Alex Campbell said: "We are looking forward to building on our existing relationship with Centrica and continuing our partnership providing structural and subsea integrity services for their offshore assets.
"As more oil and gas infrastructure begins to reach the end of its design life, multi-industry expertise and decommissioning experience from the nuclear sector, as well as the oil and gas industry, has become an important differentiator for Atkins in winning work."
Centrica Energy in the UK and the Netherlands projects director Myrtle Dawes said: "We are determined to maximise the potential of all our assets in the North Sea, but in a mature region like the UK Continental Shelf the industry must also think about how we decommission our offshore platforms, subsea infrastructure and pipelines."
As part of its decommissioning work with Atkins, Centrica aims to focus on completing the job in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
Separately, Centrica Energy has awarded a contract to Offshore Installation Services (OIS), a unit of Acteon to decommission multiple wells in the North Sea.
As per the initial plan OIC will decommission six subsea wells in the central North Sea and they will be decommissioned through a diverless, vessel-based approach.
The work will be carried through an anchor-handling tug supply vessel (AHTS), the Island Valiant.