Sparrows to refurbish Centrica’s platform cranes

Following an announcement that Centrica would invest £60 million to refurbish its Morecambe Bay platforms, offshore services firm Sparrows has has been awarded a contract to fully refurbish two offshore cranes for Centrica in the East Irish Sea.

The 27-year-old cranes are sited on the Morecambe field’s DP6 and DP8 platforms off the coast of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Centrica today announced it is set to invest up to £60million to completely refurbish both platforms and boost overall production at Morecambe Bay.

Crossing a range of engineering disciplines, the project work includes the complete removal of each crane from the platforms and their transfer onshore for full refurbishment before reinstallation.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows said: “A full refurbishment will enable these well-used and aging cranes to operate reliably and safely. With many aging installations in UK waters, we often assist operators to decide the most effective way to plan their lifting requirements for life extension and decommissioning stages.

“The work involved in this project is core to what we do and utilises the in-house skills we have over several engineering departments. We have had a strong start to 2017, winning work and achieving success in new markets and this contract ensures a steady stream of activity to keep our workshops busy over the coming months.”

The workscope involves several engineering disciplines including mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, structural, and automation and control which are all essential to ensure the delivery of reliable safety critical equipment.

All components and machinery will be refurbished, repaired, upgraded or replaced, with inspection, testing and recertification performed to ensure compliance with safety standards. The Morecambe Bay gas fields are among the biggest in UK waters.

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