Energy firm Hess has awarded Petrofac a decommissioning contract for four wells at two fields in the central North Sea.

Petrofac will fully abandon four wells at the Rubie and Renee fields, 200km north east of Aberdeen. The four wells were earlier shut-in as part of an earlier decommissioning phase.

Petrofac will become well operator and deliver well engineering project management, including detailed planning, procurement and management of sub-contracts and a semi-submersible rig to undertake the work.

Petrofac Engineering and Production Services West managing director Nick Shorten said: “We are delighted to secure our first well engineering scope with Hess. This award builds on our existing track record for delivering Well Operator and Project Management services for clients globally, but specifically in the UKCS where in recent years we have successfully delivered numerous multi-well plug and abandonment campaigns.

“At the end of the asset lifecycle, the focus on cost and schedule remains as important as ever. This award is testament to the approach we take to develop flexible commercial frameworks in line with our clients’ operating strategy – in this instance, the contract includes lumpsum turnkey elements.”

Petrofac said it became the first outsourced well operator to implement fully integrated well operator services in 2016.

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The Rubie/Renee facilities are situated in UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) blocks 15/21, 15/26, 15/27 and 15/28 of the central North Sea, about 115 km east of the UK coastline and approximately 60 km west of the UK/Norway median line.

The Renee field features two production wells, one water injection well and the Renee production manifold (RPM). The single Rubie production well was tied back to the RPM, through a 5.6 km pipeline.

Production from the Rubie and Renee Fields was achieved via the Hess operated floating production facility AH001, which was located 21km to the northwest of the Renee field.