Subsea 7 Awarded $150M SURF Contract for Culzean

Subsea 7 announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract by Maersk Oil for the Culzean development, located in the UK North Sea.

The SURF contract is reported to have a value in excess of $150 million and offshore operations are scheduled to commence in 2017. Offshore activities will utilize a number of Subsea 7 vessels, including the pipelay and heavy lift vessel Seven Borealis, which was built in 2012 and spans almost 600 feet in length.

Maersk Oil reported Monday that Culzean, which is the largest hydrocarbon field found in the UK North Sea for more than a decade, had been approved for development and would likely receive $4.6 billion worth of investment. This money is expected to support around 6,000 UK jobs and would help create more than 400 jobs directly connected to the field.

Phil Simons, Subsea 7 vice president UK and Canada, commented in a company statement:

"This large project awarded by Maersk Oil for their Culzean field development confirms our reputation as a world-class provider of reliable and cost-effective SURF solutions. The Seven Borealis has the ability to deliver fit-for-purpose performance demonstrating the optimum balance of cost-efficiency and capability. We look forward to collaborating with Maersk to ensure the safe and timely delivery of this significant gas production development."

On July 29, 2015 Subsea 7 announced that it will cut costs by approximately $550 million by early 2016, reducing its fleet by 12 vessels and reducing its workforce by 2,500 people in the process. The company expects to save around $400 million in employee related costs and about $150 million in vessel costs, as a result of its reduction program.

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