EPC Offshore has secured a contract from Hurricane Exploration to select the optimum concept for the development of Hurricane’s Lancaster field, located off the coast of the UK’s Shetland Isles.

The first phase of the contract, worth £2m, is expected to run until the end of the year, with front-end engineering design starting in 2013.

The development will see will see the company deploy a team of engineers and technical specialists at Hurricane’s Surrey offices, having earlier worked with the company on appraisal of the field.

EPC Offshore chief executive officer Keith Wallace said his company was looking forward to the project.

"This new partnership with Hurricane really cements our position as the people who turn opportunities into assets," he said.

"As we continue to grow and increase our portfolio, we are achieving some of our key strategic initiatives such as an increased market presence and increased service delivery for our clients."

Hurricane Exploration has an ownership stake of 100% in the Lancaster Field.