Oil Plus has secured a £2.5million contract with a North Sea operator to develop and deliver a topsides maintenance programme.
The Berkshire-headquartered oilfield consultancy has a well-established asset management division based in Aberdeen, where around 20 of its 50 global staff are based.
The business was acquired in 2017 by Aberdeen oil and gas entrepreneur Mark Cavanagh for an undisclosed fee from a division of global industrial giant Smiths Group.
This latest campaign is the first for its new maintenance and vulnerabilities team, which has been set up specifically to support operators acquiring mature assets by providing equipment maintenance planning and offshore technical repair resources through the transition period.
A group of 15 onshore and offshore engineers and technicians have been mobilised to support the project, though the asset and operator were not specified.
The team will be tasked with reviewing pre-existing operating procedures, identifying and prioritising business-critical remedial work, and liquidating any improvement and reliability backlogs for clients, to ensure ongoing production from assets is not hampered by equipment failures and unplanned outages.
For this specific campaign, the team will review the platform’s known areas of potential vulnerability to develop a production stability plan, supported by Oil Plus’s AIM+ smart maintenance software. The process will look at areas including power generation, gas compression, and sea water lift systems.
Oil Plus global business development director Clarke Shepherd said “We are thrilled to have been selected as a key strategic partner to support this North Sea operator with its core maintenance and operations team with this unique service. We look forward to working with them to ensure equipment availability is maximised and full advantage is taken of planned outages to ensure production and operational efficiency.”
Alongside its 50 existing staff, the company plans to increase its Aberdeen team with another five new recruits in the coming months to support further work being secured for its maintenance and vulnerability team.
As well as asset integrity management services, the business has been providing water treatment, injection and production chemistry solutions to the global oil and gas sector for more than 40 years.
Last year it signed a series of deals including a 12-month production chemistry agreement with a North Sea FPSO operator worth a seven-figure sum, a chemical testing project for Vedanta (Cairn India) in India, and a water injectivity study for SNEPCO, the operating arm of Shell in Nigeria.