Bibby Offshore wins BP summer subsea installation contract for Bruce and Mirren fields

A Bibby Offshore crew member checks diving equipment
A Bibby Offshore crew member checks diving equipment

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has secured an important contract with BP.

The 15-day project, due to commence next month, will see diving support vessel Bibby Topaz, working on four BP operations across three of its North Sea assets.

The platforms involved include Central North Sea-based asset Bruce, east of Shetland-based Magnus, and the Mirren field, which is part of the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP) – one of the largest and most complex North Sea oil and gas developments of the past 20 years.

The project, managed by the Bibby Offshore team, involves the supply of air and saturation diving support to perform operations including spool and flowline disconnection, evaluation and installation of conductor clamp guides, alignment clamp installation and modifications to a gas lift system.

Fraser Moonie, Chief Operating Officer, Bibby Offshore, said: “It was through our team’s innovative approach that we were successful in being awarded this contract from BP.  Through our engineering solution we managed to reduce offshore operations which in turn provided efficiencies and cost savings.”

Meanwhile, Hurricane Energy has announced that the 205/21a-7 well on the Lancaster field, West of Shetland, has been spudded, using the Transocean Spitzbergen drilling rig.

Dr Robert Trice, Chief Executive, said: “This is an extremely exciting moment as we embark on a drilling programme that will not only complete the remaining well stock required for an Early Production System, but will also help refine our Contingent Resource range for Lancaster – currently 62-456 MMboe – and thereby facilitate a final investment decision and help us better plan for the field development.”

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