BiFab wins £4m BP project

BiFab yard at Burntisland
BiFab yard at Burntisland

Contract secures 30 jobs at firm’s Burntisland yard

Engineering firm Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab) has secured 30 local jobs after winning a £4million contract for oil giant BP.

BiFab’s workforce at Burntisland is expected to begin work on a flame boom for BP’s massive new oil rig Clair Ridge, off the west of Shetland, within the next four to six weeks.

The project is due for completion in December 2014.

John Robertson, BiFab’s managing director, said: “Our facility in Burntisland is ideal for these types of projects.

“We can compete locally and internationally over a wide range of large and small projects ensuring long term employment opportunities for up to 200 people”.

BiFab’s Burntisland facility currently employs around 300 skilled personnel and this recent award will secure 30 jobs at the yard for the duration of the Clair Ridge project.

The lengthy lattice steel structure of a flare boom allows excess gases to be burnt at a safe distance from the rig platform.

BiFab have trained 100 apprentices in steel fabrication over the past eight years.

BiFab operate three large fabrication facilities in Scotland, located at Burntisland, Methil and Arnish, and are currently operating with a total workforce of 2000 people.

Chris Rees, BP Clair Ridge project general manager, said: “Clair Ridge is an important part of BP’s continued investment west of Shetland, and BP’s future in the North Sea.

“We look forward to working with BiFab to provide the flare boom for the new Clair Ridge platform.”

Clair Ridge is a £4.5billion investment in the second phase of development on the Clair field which lies 75km to the west of the Shetland Islands, and will have the capability to produce an estimated 640 million barrels of oil over 40 years period, with peak production expected to be up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

The Clair field was discovered in the late ‘70s but, because of the technical difficulties in bringing oil ashore, actual production did not start until 2005.

Oil industry experts describe it as a “monster” field containing an estimated eight billion barrels of oil and some analysts believe oil produced there could see the Atlantic overtake the North Sea as the UK’s biggest oil-producing region.

BiFab - a success story for 2014

This latest contract with BP comes hot on the heels of BiFab’s £47m deal with GDF SUEZ UK Ltd for the Cygnus Project.

The contract , involving the design, procurement and construction of four jackets and piles (with a total weight of 8000 tonnes) is being completed in phases, from this month untilApril 2015, across all three BiFab sites and is expected to create 100 new jobs.