A joint venture between Ramboll Oil & Gas and Semco Maritime has been awarded an EPC contract for the provision of onshore and offshore services at Hess Denmark’s platforms in the Danish North Sea.
Under a comprehensive framework agreement, Ramboll and Semco Maritime will provide end-to-end services covering engineering, procurement, quality assurance and offshore manpower as well as handle the full responsibility for construction projects at the Hess platforms located in the South Arne field. The purpose of the agreement is to maintain existing oil production levels and to facilitate opportunities for further field development, with the support of the two companies.
The two Danish-based engineering companies have worked for Hess Denmark on the South Arne complex for several years. And after 3 years of heavy field development activities, Hess has started oil production from two new platforms and 11 new wells. The joint venture partnership between Ramboll and Semco Maritime will include coordination and problem-solving in close cooperation.
For Hess Denmark the contract will entail smooth coordination and effective working procedures. Therefore, offshore installation of equipment fabricated onshore can be timed with other ongoing work at South Arne. As a result, production shutdowns can be kept at a minimum.
“The advantages of this partnership seem obvious. When you bridge onshore and offshore activities like this, the quality of our services will increase and costly downtime for the oil company will be kept to an absolute minimum,” says John Sørensen, Managing Director for Ramboll Oil & Gas.
“Our employees find it very rewarding to work for a client like Hess because the cooperation is defined by an extraordinary level of empowerment. Hess excels in involving us actively in their decisions, and they draw on a wide range of specialist competences in both companies. This is something we value a lot.”
Managing Director for Semco Maritime, Steen Brødbæk, is thrilled that the contract consolidates a long-term cooperation between Ramboll and Semco Maritime working for Hess Denmark.
“The partnership confirms that two Danish-based companies are able to solve complex tasks in close interaction. We expect that the joint venture will provide a basis for developing an even stronger project portfolio, including early phase studies, engineering and fabrication as well as offshore installation and commissioning.”
“We are pleased that the competences we have built throughout the years are in demand by a world leading operator such as Hess Denmark. We see that as a seal of approval.”
The contract is also of strategic importance for the city of Esbjerg as it will create approximately 100 jobs in Esbjerg on a yearly basis. The contract duration is initially for five years with an optional five year extension period.