AMEC and the marine heavy lifting company SeaMetric International AS, have signed a cooperation agreement to provide a new international offshore decommissioning service for clients. The combination of skills from the two companies will provide a unique decommissioning service to the maturing offshore oil and gas facilities.
AMEC and SeaMetric will cooperate to support each other with their respective skills and experience on existing and new projects. For example, AMEC will provide project management and technical support to SeaMetric's Twin Marine Lifter (TML) projects in Asia and Latin America.
Lifting very heavy objects weighing up to 30,000 tonnes such as offshore platforms at the end of their life, in cost effective and safe manner, is a vital part of the decommissioning process. Adding project management and technical support to ensure the process is successfully completed for our clients across the globe gives this agreement a unique combination of skills.
"The market for the decommissioning of offshore oil facilities is huge and working with SeaMetric will enable us to enhance our portfolio of asset support services to provide an integrated 'end-of-life' solution," said Neil Bruce, Chief Operating Officer of AMEC's Natural Resources division.
"In mature markets, with new independent operators and oil majors requiring new combinations of skills, we are well placed to deliver offshore decommissioning around the world. We have supported many of these offshore assets from their original concept through to design, commissioning and operations and maintenance, which puts us in a unique position to project manage and engineer the end of their life too," said Bruce.
SeaMetric's Managing Director, Johan F. Andresen added, "Cooperation with AMEC is a major step towards realizing the potential of TML, particularly in the North Sea platform decommissioning market. Support from AMEC will also be of major value as we complete the construction of our TML systems and will strengthen our joint TML operating companies."
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