Wilton Engineering Services has won a contract with ConocoPhillips to build a 2,200-tonne long-term compression module for the UK North Sea Britannia field.
The contract will see about 100 jobs created and 150 sub-contract jobs supported at the firm’s Teesside fabrication facility.
The module, which Wilton said would accommodate one of the largest compressors in the North Sea, is scheduled to be delivered in March 2013 and will help extend the life of the Britannia gas condensate field, about 130 miles north-east of Aberdeen.
Bill Scott, chief executive officer of Wilton Group, said: “To have this project carried out in Teesside will be a great boost not only to our workforce but also the wider local economy.
“The award further enhances our reputation to build large-scale engineering projects and endorses the skills of our talented workforce.”
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: “This is great news for Wilton Engineering and great news for the UK economy with 250 quality jobs being supported over a prolonged period in the north of England.
“I am particularly pleased to see companies like ConocoPhillips acknowledging the excellent engineering and construction capability which exists on their doorstep and in doing so helping to grow the UK industrial sector.”
Wilton Engineering occupies a 50-acre construction yard with design and large fabrication facilities in Middlesbrough, which is also the location of Universal Coatings which shotblasts and applies specialist coatings.
Recently, the group launched a new operation in Brazil, which has already secured rig upgrade contracts with a global drilling contractor.
Wilton has also established a rig upgrade and vessel mobilisation business in Dundee and opened an office in Great Yarmouth in pursuit of its growth strategy.
The Britannia platform is operated by Britannia Operator, a 50/50 joint venture between ConocoPhillips and Chevron.