TotalEnergies E&P UK, a unit of French energy company TotalEnergies, has contracted UK-based engineering company px Group to operate the Seal gas pipeline in the North Sea.

Operational for more than 20 years, the 474km-long SEAL pipeline is deemed to be a ‘critical component’ of the UK’s energy supply and energy security.

The 20-year contract has been awarded to Energy24 , a px Group business, and is effective from 1 August this year.

The pipeline transports gas from the Elgin Franklin platform in the North Sea’s Central Graben Area to the Bacton gas terminal on the Norfolk coast.

px will use contemporary IT Cloud technology to operate and manage the SEAL pipeline through Cloud applications.

The firm will also be responsible for pipeline commercial operations, pipeline monitoring, shipper services, hydrocarbon allocation/accounting, continuous improvement and project management.

In addition, the contract scope includes personnel recruitment and training, as well as project management in building, testing and operating the new control infrastructure.

px Group CEO Geoff Holmes said: “px Group takes enormous pride in taking operational ownership of essential energy assets such as these.

“We apply our ‘owner-operator’ approach to everything we do for our clients, which means we treat the assets as if they were our own, ensuring they’re being run as safely, effectively and efficiently as possible.

“We’re also excited to be using the latest Cloud technology to operate and manage the SEAL pipeline demonstrating the strength of digital capability within the organisation.”

The contract is the latest in a series of critical energy operations and maintenance contracts awarded to px Group.

These include works on the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Scotland and the Teesside Gas Processing Plant in England, as well as Norway’s Risavika Liquefaction Plant.

Earlier this year, TotalEnergies agreed to sell minority stakes in several gas fields offshore from the UK to Kistos Energy for $125m.