EnerMech have been awarded a £6.6 million contract by Apache North Sea Ltd to supply and install four new Blow Out Preventer (BOP) handling cranes on the Forties Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta platforms.
The project, which will deliver four Stahl cranes and is expected to be completed by Q1 2013, will be serviced by a dedicated engineering team from EnerMech’s Aberdeen-based cranes division.
The contract award builds on a number of existing multi-million pound crane operations and maintenance contracts held by Aberdeen based mechanical engineering company EnerMech and represents a significant investment in the offshore infrastructure owned and operated by Apache.
The crane replacement programme was developed in partnership with Apache who recognised the need for improved integrity to meet their operational demands as well as satisfying key elements of the Health and Safety Executive’s KP4 programme.
The crane upgrade programme will deliver to Apache an extended lift capability for BOP systems, improved material handling capacity and enhanced safety offshore.
EnerMech cranes and lifting director, John Morrison, said: “This is the largest capital equipment order received by EnerMech to date and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Apache to upgrade the Forties assets.
“EnerMech’s business model, as an integrated mechanical services provider, means operators like Apache can benefit from cost and operational efficiencies offered by a multi-disciplined single source contractor.”
Apache have sourced a number of EnerMech services, ranging from rigging and lifting, shutdown services including nitrogen purging/leak testing, bolting and onsite machining, through to valves, and as a result have minimised supplier agreements.
Source: EnerMech, February 29, 2012; Image: Apache