Petrofac wins Culzean training deal

UK oilfield services company Petrofac has secured a training management services contract on Maersk Oil’s Culzean high-pressure/ high-temperature North Sea development.

Petrofac said on Wednesday that the two-year agreement, which includes a further one-year extension option, was awarded following a competitive tender.

Under the contract, Petrofac will deliver training across a wide range of subjects, including HSE, survival, fire, and marine while also managing and coordinating all third-party training requirements.

The company added that Petrofac’s cloud-based Training and Competence Management System, known as SkillsVX, would also be deployed as part of the contract scope.

According to Petrofac, SkillsVX provides a transparent overview of compliance and assurance and ensures workforce capabilities comply with operational and regulatory requirements.

Apart from training personnel in the UK, the deal includes planning and delivery of training in Singapore, where the Ailsa floating, storage, and offloading (FSO) vessel is currently under construction.

Karim Osseiran, Global Head of training services at Petrofac Engineering and Production Services, said: “Through the Culzean development, Maersk Oil is making a significant investment in the North Sea’s future, so we look forward to drawing on the strength and depth of our experience to support this important development.

“Throughout the duration of the contract, our specialists will focus on ensuring the skills and knowledge of Maersk Oil’s teams are maintained and enhanced, in support of continued safe and efficient operations.”

It is worth noting that the Ailsa FSO hit the water for the first time earlier this month. The FSO undocked on schedule and is on target to leave Singapore and begin its journey to the North Sea in 2018.

The 243-meter long and 52-meter high vessel will be able to store the equivalent of over 430,000 barrels of oil.

As far as the field goes, Culzean is a high-pressure/high-temperature field in the UK North Sea being developed using three bridge-linked platforms. So far, jackets for all three platforms have been installed. Namely, the installation of the central processing facilities (CPF) and the utilities and living quarters (ULQ) jackets was completed on July 20, while the wellhead platform (WHP) jacket was installed last year.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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