BiFab contract confirmed

Picture by Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland
Picture by Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland

GLOBAL gas giant GDF SUEZ E&P UK has kept its faith with Levenmouth expertise by confirming more work for BiFab in a major offshore project.

Three weeks after the first ceremonial cut of steel at Methil, celebrating partnership in the £1.4 billion Cygnus gas venture, came the signing of another major contract for BiFab to build the development’s accommodation platform.

BiFab’s managing director, John Robertson, was joined in Aberdeen last week by the Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with representatives from GDF SUEZ E&P UK and other project partners, Centrica and Bayerngas, to mark the latest deal with Cygnus’ UK supply chain.

BiFab had already secured a £50 million agreement for the fabrication and design of the venture’s four sub-sea jackets over the next couple of years – and the Fife firm was known to be in the frame for the quarters and utilities (QU) platform. It will be built at the firm’s premises in Methil, Burntisland and Arnish.

The contract covers the fabrication and construction services, including the design, procurement, pre-commissioning assistance, weighing, and load-out.

Mechanical completion is due in late 2014 and onshore commissioning by early 2015. Around 320 construction workers, including sub-contractors, will be occupying the premises.

Mr Robertson commented: “We are very pleased to have been awarded a second significant contract for the build of the Cygnus platforms.

“This has allowed us to recruit an additional 100 people across our operations at Methil, Arnish and Burntisland, further bolstering the 100 new positions already created for the Cygnus jackets project, which included 15 new apprentice roles.

“There is a good working relationship between all companies involved in delivering the Cygnus Project on time and safely.”

The Cygnus field, 93 miles off the Lincolnshire coast, is the largest discovery in the Southern North Sea in 25 years. Peak gas production from 2016 is expected to account for 5 per cent of UK domestic gas production.

Pictured at the signing are, back from left, Energy Secretary Edward Davey MP and Jean-Marie Dauger, executive vice-president of GDF SUEZ, with John Robertson of BiFab, seated left, and Jean-Claude Perdigues, managing director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK.