AMEC Wins Cladhan Field Contract from TAQA

Engineering firm AMEC reported Friday that it has won a contract from TAQA's UK-focused oil and gas business to supply engineering services to the Tern oil production platform in the northern North Sea.

AMEC will supply the engineering, procurement and construction of modifications to the platform to accommodate a new subsea tie-back to the Cladhan field. The firm will also provide commissioning support.

The contract award follows AMEC's completion of the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the project. Work will begin immediately and will run through to December 2014, AMEC said.

AMEC added that it has recently opened two new offices in Aberdeen, Scotland to support this work as well as growth from other existing contracts. The new offices will accommodate approximately 300 people.

Alan Johnstone, managing director of AMEC's Europe brownfield and asset management business, commented in a company statement:

"I'm delighted that we have won the opportunity to demonstrate to TAQA our brownfield engineering capability and we look forward to building a successful relationship with them."

In April 2013, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) approved the plan of development for the Cladhan field. The first phase of development will consist of two oil producers and one injection well. Production of Cladhan will be tied-back to the TAQA-operated Tern Alpha platform. The tie-back will extend 11 miles.

Field production is expected to produce 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) with first oil slated for 1Q 2015.

The Cladhan field is located on Blocks 210/29a and 210/30a in the UK sector of the North Sea in a water depth of 1,634 feet. TAQA Bratani, holding a 40.1 percent interest, operates Cladhan; Wintershall holds 33.5 percent; and Sterling holds 26.4 percent. 

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