NAM Awards Maintenance Contract to GTI

NAM (Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij) has awarded a contract for the integrated maintenance activities of gas production and treatment facilities in The Netherlands, excluding facilities of the Groningen gas field. The contract has been awarded to GTI, following a public tender that started in February 2004. The value of the five year contract is in the region of 100 million Euros.

The scope of the contract NAM awarded today covers the provision of services and material regarding management, engineering, maintenance and operational support for all onshore NAM facilities, excluding the Groningen plants and the Groningen related gas storage facilities at Langelo and Grijpskerk.

Joep Coppes, manager of NAM's Land Asset, welcomed the announcement: "The award of this contract is an important step towards a further integration of our onshore activities. GTI have won this contract against tough competition and we are looking forward to building a new partnership to take the business forward."

The winning consortium will base support activities, like management, business administration, technical support and work planning in Assen. This results in up to 40 new jobs for Drenthe's capital. "These new jobs underpin the added value that energy companies bring to the northern part of The Netherlands, Mr. Coppes said. "This supports the Energy Valley concept in which NAM participates."

During the tender process NAM used the experiences it gained last year when an integrated services contract was tendered for ONEgas, the operating unit formed to run southern North Sea operations for Shell Expro and NAM. This contract was awarded to a consortium formed by Amec, Jacobs Nederland and Stork (AJS). Since the integration of Shell's European EP activities the ONEgas operations are run from Assen. Therefore AJS was urged to base a substantial part of its support activities in Assen. This then resulted in some 70 new jobs for the Drenthe capital.

Since June 2003 NAM's onshore operations, except its Groningen activities, have been bundled in one asset. Previously 3 regional assets executed these land operations. By bundling the operations in one asset NAM aims to increase efficiency and realise synergy. Awarding one contract for all the asset's maintenance activities is a tangible example. Currently NAM holds two separate contracts for these activities, with two companies. It's expected that bundling of the maintenance activities will lead to a multi million Euro cost reduction.
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