Subsea 7 has signed an agreement to form an alliance with Houston-based KBR, Inc. (KBR) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Granherne Inc., to cooperate in the delivery of Concept and Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) services to the global offshore oil and gas industry.
In a statement issued Thursday, Subsea 7 said the alliance would bring two market-leading companies together to ensure the most cost- effective solutions are presented to clients in the early concept evaluation phase of a field development project. KBR’s and Granherne’s expertise in field development planning, concept evaluation and FEED will be complemented by Subsea 7’s subsea project management and engineering experience and the application of technology and know-how to enable improved cost-benefit evaluation for clients, the company added.
Within the cooperation agreement between the companies, Granherne will support Subsea 7 on concept and FEED studies and Subsea 7 will support Granherne with subsea engineering and technology. Int the statement, Subsea 7 also says that the alliance will operate on a global basis using the existing resources of the two companies. The alliance further provides the opportunity for KBR and Subsea 7 to collaborate in the execution phase of offshore projects.
Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7 Chief Executive Officer, said: “This alliance will drive improvements in the offshore market with two leading independent companies working together to deliver greater value for clients worldwide. I look forward to strengthening our relationship with KBR through this alliance which provides the opportunity for early engagement in the project lifecycle when value creation can be optimised and where we can introduce enabling subsea technologies and know-how at the critical concept evaluation stage. This is key to assisting the offshore oil and gas industry to adapt to the lower oil price environment.”
Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO, said: “This alliance combines the complementary skill-sets and know-how of two leading offshore contractors working together to ensure a greater contribution at the early stage of projects. Together, both companies can ensure that offshore oil and gas development becomes more economic and we look forward to continuing our already strong working partnership with Subsea 7.”