Sparrows Group has retained its present North Sea mechanical handling and crane management contract with BP.
This move will extend the working partnership between the two firms to more than five decades.
Sparrows CEO Stewart Mitchell said: “Reaching this impressive milestone with BP is something we are very proud of. We have built an enduring relationship with them, which began in the very early years of the North Sea, based firmly on true partnership.
“To be involved as the new generation of platforms come online is hugely satisfying and underlines that there is a lot of life left in the North Sea.
“Over the years, we have together developed and implemented best working practices, with a true spirit of collaboration focused on performance and safety.”
This contract will see Sparrows operating and maintaining all 21 of BP’s pedestal cranes in the North Sea across eight assets. This comprises soon to be commissioned Clair Ridge platform and Glen Lyon FPSO.
The complete scope of the contract includes the supply of crane operators and maintenance of the pedestal cranes in addition to other mechanical handling equipment, which includes inspection, repair, refurbishment and spares management.
Under this contract, Sparrows will also deliver training and engineering support for all lifting scopes, which include equipment change-outs and decommissioning activities.
Since 1975, Sparrows has been servicing all of BP’s North Sea crane operations and maintenance requirements. In June 1975, Sparrows first sent crane operators to BP’s platforms of the Forties Alpha and Charlie platforms.
This association has enabled the companies to develop an understanding focused primarily on safety and performance.