Repsol Sinopec Resources UK has announced new major contracting strategies, reflecting its long-term strategic commitment to the North Sea and the UK supply chain. It has approved the award of new contracts for the provision of all maintenance and construction labour, engineering support services and fabric maintenance, covering its offshore operated assets and the terminal at Flotta.
In each category, contracts have been awarded to at least two providers to drive performance improvement and innovation with the intent of rewarding excellence.
The joint venture moved to an asset-focused organisational structure in 2015, which has been instrumental in improving HS&E performance, reducing costs and increasing production.
“This is part of a broader transformation programme which includes insourcing key technical authorities and rationalising and investing in the long-term integrity of the asset portfolio,” the company said in a release.
New, simplified labour supply contracts, replacing the previous maintenance services model, have been awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler and Petrofac.
“We are delighted to have been awarded both of these strategic contracts and to be given the opportunity to play a major role within Repsol Sinopec’s significant transformation plans. We are well positioned, through the award of the engineering services and offshore labour contracts, to make a fundamental difference to achieving effective and sustainable performance by focusing on improvement, innovation and accountability,” said Walter Thain, managing director, West, Petrofac Engineering & Production Services.
Engineering services support covers all brownfield modifications and repair orders. The awards have been made to a group of contractors on a call-off basis. The successful bidders include Amec Foster Wheeler, Petrofac, Wood Group, PD&MS Group, Apollo Offshore Engineering, Step Change Engineering, Caledonian Petroleum Services, Ross-shire Engineering, Stork and Bilfinger Salamis.
“Now is the right time to make a fundamental change to the way we manage our major service contracts. These awards will drive greater innovation and competition in the supply chain, and improve accountability within our own business. We’re also looking to the new contractors to help in the development, training and competency assurance of our teams,” said Bill Dunnett, managing director of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK.
“Performance of our new contracts is a fundamental element of our ongoing transformation to an effective and sustainable operation – even in the current challenging market. This is a great opportunity for the local supply chain that will help us deliver long-term value to our shareholders, partners and employees,” he added.