Today, (Monday 17th December), RDS, the engineering division of KCA Deutag, announced it has signed a three year contract with Aibel for the brownfield engineering and offshore construction work associated with the drilling facility upgrade to take place on the Statoil Gullfaks B platform.
The operation will be based in the Bergen office where RDS currently has more than 100 engineering professionals working on various upgrade and modifications projects. The work is valued at NOK 150 million / (GPB £16, 500,000) with onshore manning requirements peaking at a maximum construction crew of 35 people.
Bjarne Tresselt, Business Manager RDS Norway said: "This is a major contract win for RDS, and will further strengthen our position as one of the major players within drilling upgrades across the industry. This is the biggest contract win in terms of engineering man-hours for the company in Norway and we consider it to be an acknowledgement of our capacity and competence.
“We joined Aibel in a long term cooperation for drilling upgrades early this year and we are very pleased to see this partnership materialising with this award. The Gullfaks B drilling upgrade will be the second project of its kind that RDS and Aibel perform jointly. The experience gained from our first operation together on the Oseberg C pipe handling project was very positive and we will adopt the same model and learnings into the Gullfaks B work.”
The operation consists of engineering work and offshore installation work. There will be a requirement for extensive onshore testing of equipment before the commencement of the offshore installation work. RDS will provide specialist competence within drilling and upgrading of the systems.
“We are delighted with this contract award from Aibel and the confidence they have shown in our ability to execute work within the drilling area. We look forward to working together on this and future projects,” commented Simon Drew, Senior Vice President for RDS.
Additionally, group company KCA Deutag, one of the world’s largest international drilling contractors, has been awarded a contract for the provision of drill pipe pool services in the Norwegian Continental Shelf from Statoil.
The work could last up to 10 years and covers the management, maintenance and logistics of the drill pipe required to perform drilling services. Through the contract, KCA Deutag will provide drill pipe pool services across 17 of Statoil’s platforms including the seven platforms where KCA Deutag is currently the drilling contractor.
Ørjan Kvande, Sales and Rental Manager at KCA Deutag, said, “This contract is confirmation of Statoil’s satisfaction with our work over the past eight years. We look forward to continuing to deliver and fulfil Statoil`s expectations in the years ahead.”
This contract win follows KCA Deutag’s announcement in May 2012 that they won the long-term drilling contracts for Statoil in the Oseberg and Gullfaks fields in Norway’s North Sea.
Paul Horne, Country Manager for KCA Deutag in Norway, said, “I look upon this contract as a vote of confidence and acknowledgement of the success of our previous drilling services provision for Statoil. It is a further step towards becoming the most recognized supplier of drilling and engineering services on the Norwegian continental shelf.”
KCA Deutag’s drilling, engineering, well services and rental activities in Norway also include engineers in KCA Deutag’s engineering division, RDS, which is based in Bergen. RDS is involved in planning and executing modification and upgrade projects and work offshore.