UK-based engineering and project management company AMEC has received a £68m contract from BP and its partners, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron, to provide hook up and commissioning services (HUC) for two new Clair Ridge platforms, in the North Sea.
The current work, which is expected to continue until March 2016, follows the completion of the engineering and project management services for the Clair Ridge project.
As part of the contract, AMEC and its commissioning and completions specialist business qedi will provide HUC services for the construction and installation phase of two new bridge-linked platforms.
It will also involve new production, accommodation and drilling facilities, alongside linking subsea pipelines into the existing export systems. AMEC will commission both platforms with advanced technology and processes to improve their efficiency and cut down environmental impact.
The company will reduce offshore commissioning activity in the harsh cold of the Shetland area by increasing the amount of onshore commissioning process, which will further increase production and reduce flaring. The two new platforms, which are scheduled to be installed in 2015, will commence production in 2016.
BP has invested £4.5bn in the offshore field, which will produce 640 million barrels of recoverable oil and up to 120,000 barrels per day at peak, to extend its life to 2050.
About 800 AMEC and qedi technical experts in the UK will be deployed to carry out the work during its peak.
AMEC had won the engineering and project management services (EPMS) contract in 2011, for the main platform design of the Clair Ridge development.
AMEC Brownfield managing director Alan Johnstone said the contract broadens the company’s relationship with BP and its overall involvement with the project, from concept to commissioning.
"We will be utilising our leading expertise from our brownfield centre of excellence and securing jobs for the North Sea," Johnstone added.
Image: Map of the Claire field, located 75km west of Shetland.