Bibby wins ‘significant’ Taqa subsea contract off Shetland: Swire hire new chief

Barry Macleod
Barry Macleod

Oil and gas subsea services provider Bibby Offshore has won a ‘significant’ contract with TAQA for subsea construction works in the Eider field, about 120 miles north-east of Shetland.

With offshore operations to be completed this summer, the six-month contract will see Bibby Offshore adopt a multi-vessel approach, utilising its subsea support and construction vessel Olympic Ares, and its diving support vessel, Bibby Polaris.

 The project comprises the connection of the existing Otter Production pipeline to the existing Eider Oil Export pipeline, and connection of the existing Tern-Eider water injection pipeline to the existing Otter water injection pipeline using subsea bypass spools.

Bibby will provide spool piece metrology, barrier testing, removal of existing production and water injection spools and pre-commissioning support. The team will also manage procurement, fabrication and installation of new bypass spools.

Barry Macleod, managing director at Bibby Offshore said: “Our multi-vessel approach enabled the project team to tailor our capabilities to TAQA’s requirements, which plays a key role in demonstrating our ability to successfully deliver a variety of workscopes.”

Manfred Vonlanthen
Manfred Vonlanthen

Meanwhile, Swire Oilfield Services has appointed Manfred Vonlanthen as its new chief executive.

He succeeds John Rae-Smith, who has stepped down for personal reasons. 

Vonlanthen joined Swire in 2014 as General Manager for the Norwegian division, before advancing to Director of North Sea in September 2016, where, in addition to managing the North Sea business, he has been a member of the executive management team.

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