Leading asset lifecycle services specialist Bilfinger Salamis UK has been awarded a multimillion pound contract for technical manpower services on Shell U.K. Limited southern North Sea (SNS) assets.
The three-year contract covers the execution of maintenance operations services onshore at Bacton Gas Plant, and offshore on the Leman Alpha Platform, Clipper and Seafox 4 Barge as well as the Kroonborg Walk-to-Work vessel supporting NAM in the Dutch sector.
Bilfinger Salamis UK’s Managing Director, Sandy Bonner, commented: “We are delighted to have secured this contract as it further solidifies our position as a leading provider of Modifications, Maintenance and Operations (MMO) services.
“Bilfinger has worked extensively with Shell and NAM for many years. Shell’s decision to award this contract to us is testament to the strong, collaborative relationship we have.”
Over 150 personnel will transfer to Bilfinger Salamis UK from the incumbent contractor, in electrical, mechanical, pipe fitting, welding, crane and rigging disciplines. In January alone, Bilfinger recruited and rehired over 600 personnel in the UK, positioning the firm as a leading employer in the sector.
Investment in Southern North Sea
The contract will be managed from Bilfinger’s Great Yarmouth base. The company is a major player in the SNS, having had a presence in the region since 1981.
Initially focused on offshore fabric maintenance, the company has since expanded its SNS and Netherlands offering, and in recent years developed its service capability to to secure maintenance, inspection and renewables contracts. Key customers including Statoil, ConocoPhillips, Perenco and Oranje Nassau Energie (ONE) UK.
"Great Yarmouth is an important strategic location for Bilfinger, and we are committed to further strengthening our capabilities in the southern sector,” said Ken Badenoch, Bilfinger SNS General Manager.
“We have continuously invested in infrastructure, technology and processes, positioning the company as a major provider with the capability to provide a fully integrated MMO service offering in both Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth.
“Our strong management team, skilled employees and local resources mean we‘re ideally placed to continue supporting the long-term operations and maintenance needs of the Southern North Sea oil and gas sector.”
Bilfinger currently employs c.250 personnel from its Great Yarmouth base, and looks to increase its team following this contract award.
"Bilfinger will be actively recruiting to strengthen our MMO capability, with positions from graduate through to management,“ added Mr Badenoch