Sparrows to manage offshore Angola cranes for BP

16 February 2018 (Last Updated September 3rd, 2020 12:48)

BP has awarded a three-year contract to Sparrows Offshore Group for managing crane operations and maintenance, as well as deck services off the coast of Angola. 

Sparrows to manage offshore Angola cranes for BP
Sparrows workshop. Credit: Sparrows Offshore Group Limited

BP has awarded a three-year contract to Sparrows Offshore Group for managing crane operations and maintenance, as well as deck services off the coast of Angola.

The deal was won as part of a competitive tender. It will involve Sparrows providing maintenance for the four cranes used on two floating production offloading and storage (FPSO) vessels, the Greater Plutonio and the PSVM.

The FPSO vessels are in Blocks 18 and 31 respectively, 160km north-west of Angola’s capital Luanda.

In Angola, Sparrows has two bases in Talatona and Malonga, and it had initially worked with BP in the region in 2006.

The scope of work will include delivering crane operators, maintenance, repair and refurbishment, complete deck services, as well as control and certification of fixed and portable lifting equipment.

“This is a significant contract award for Sparrows as we continue to maintain and strengthen our position in the region in line with our international business strategy.”

Sparrows chief executive officer Stewart Mitchell said: “This is a significant contract award for Sparrows as we continue to maintain and strengthen our position in the region in line with our international business strategy.

“Having successfully supported BP in Angola for a number of years, we are extremely pleased to be awarded this work for their ongoing crane management needs until 2021.

“Our personnel have extensive knowledge of the assets involved and this win cements the immense confidence BP has in Sparrows and the level of high-quality operations delivered previously.”

Sparrows will also be responsible for full project management, planning, coordination, technical support, and training.

It is reported that offshore personnel will also support helicopter operations, fire-fighting duties, and maintenance of the on-board safety equipment.