An Aberdeen subsea technology firm has secured a contract with Total E&P Angola after executing its first marine services project in West Africa.
Ashtead Technology, through its partnership with Ocean Atlantic Petroleum SA (OAP), recently completed a multi-asset, class-approved mooring inspection campaign for the French supermajor in the Girassol and Dalia fields.
The underwater inspection scope, which will avoid the need for drydocking, combines Ashtead’s visual inspection, chain cleaning, measurement and 3D modelling technologies with OAP’s team of offshore technical personnel.
Equipment will be stored and maintained in OAP’s operations base in Angola’s capital city of Luanda.
David Mair, Ashtead Technology’s business development director, said: “OAP’s knowledge of the Angola market and in-country technical expertise makes them the ideal partner to support our growth ambitions in Angola. Winning this campaign for Total E&P Angola straight off the bat underlines the strength of our combined offering to operators in the region.
“We have a proven track record in Angola for delivering market-leading asset integrity, mechanical solutions, survey and robotics-based services. However, coronavirus-related travel restrictions have added an extra logistical challenge. By teaming up with OAP we have solved the problem and can continue to deliver a high quality, reliable service on schedule and within budget.
“This aligns with our overarching strategic focus for West Africa, which centres on providing a broader asset integrity service to clients and supporting local content objectives.”
Headquartered in Westhill, just outside Aberdeen, Ashtead has nine facilities located in energy hubs around the world.
It also boasts one of the “largest equipment fleets in the subsea supply chain”, coupled with the R&D capabilities to develop “bespoke solutions”.
Earlier this year, the firm launched a recruitment drive after completing the £1 million development of a new north-east research and development and engineering facility.
Established in 2014, OAP provides a variety of technical services to the Angolan energy sector, including subsea inspection and asset integrity.
Benoit Peyrichout, managing director of OAP, added: “Our partnership with Ashtead Technology has created the perfect marriage and a very compelling business proposition for clients in Angola. With our local facilities and strong technical expertise forged with Ashtead’s engineering capabilities and fleet of technologies, we are ideally placed to win further awards and expand both businesses in the future.”