Engineering and project-management company Amec has won a contract with BP as part of a £4.5billion project west of Shetland.
Up to 800 technical experts at Amec and qedi subsidiary will work on the Clair Ridge development after the firm signed a £68million deal with operator BP.
Under the terms of the deal, Amec and qedi will hook up and commission the two new bridge-linked platforms, which are due to be installed in 2015. It comes after Amec carried out engineering and project-management services for the construction and installation phase of Clair Ridge under a £150million contract signed in 2011.
More than 1,000 people are working on the Clair Ridge project, even though production from the two platforms is not scheduled to start until 2016. The development is expected to open up access to 640million barrels of recoverable oil. Output started at Clair – which lies 46 miles off Shetland – eight years ago, but BP’s multibillion-pound second phase is expected to extend the area’s life until 2050.
Alan Johnstone, Amec’s brownfield managing director, said: “I am delighted our long track record of delivery of major and complex projects for BP has been recognised through this contract award.
“The award extends our relationship with BP, as well as crowning our overall involvement with this giant development from concept right through to commissioning.
“We will be utilising our leading expertise from our brownfield centre of excellence and securing jobs for the North Sea.”
Clair Ridge only forms part of BP’s investment plans west of Shetland.
The operator is working on the Quad 204 project, which will cost £3billion and involve the redevelopment of the Schiehallion and Loyal fields.
The fields have produced 400million barrels of oil since startup in 1998, but an estimated 450million barrels are still in place.