Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has picked Dutch contractor HSM Offshore to provide the production platforms for phase one of its core project in the southern North Sea.
The deal covers the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of both normally unmanned installations for the Southwark and Blythe gas fields.
Phase one involves the development of the Southwark, Blythe and Elgood gas fields through a total of five production wells with gas transported onshore to Bacton via the Thames Pipeline.
The Southwark platform will be a key installation both for phase one and other planned developments.
The Blythe platform will be the focal point of the Blythe Hub which includes the Elgood subsea tie-back.
IOG has been working with HSM since late 2019 under pre-contractual arrangements to ensure that platform design and fabrication activities continue on schedule at the yard at Schiedam in the Netherlands.
Offshore installation is planned for the first half of 2021.
IOG chief executive Andrew Hockey said: “We are delighted to be working with HSM for the fabrication and installation of the Southwark and Blythe production platforms and are pleased to release an accompanying presentation showing recent fabrication progress at the yard.
“HSM are a highly respected offshore infrastructure fabricator with an extensive history of building platforms for both the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea and we are encouraged by the progress they have made to date, particularly in light of the challenges posed by Covid-19.
“These low carbon footprint facilities at Southwark and Blythe will be key infrastructure for the safe and effective execution of our gas hub strategy, not only for our SNS Core Project assets but also to enable valuable add-on developments.”
HSM managing director Jaco Lemmerzaal said: “HSM is very pleased to be selected as contractor by IOG for the Southwark and Blythe platforms.
“We are drawing on a wealth of platform engineering and construction experience and are making good progress towards the scheduled delivery date offshore in the first half of 2021.
“We look forward to continuing a positive relationship with IOG on its journey to become a substantial gas producer in the southern North Sea.”