Shell Taps Offshore Solutions for Access System to Transfer Personnel

Offshore Solutions B.V., the joint venture between AMEC and GTI N.V, has been issued a Letter of Award, including associated services, by Qatar Shell for the provision of its unique innovative product, the "Offshore Access System," which allows the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation.

The Offshore Access System (OAS) is to be used for the Pearl GTL project being built in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. Built under a Development Sharing Agreement with the government of the State of Qatar, Pearl GTL will be the world's largest gas-to-liquids project, converting natural gas into a range of high quality liquid hydrocarbon products. It will help Qatar meet its aspiration of becoming the GTL capital of the world.

The Offshore Access System, due to be delivered in Qatar during the second quarter 2010, is a heave compensated telescopic gangway designed to connect and disconnect in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states.

The award of this contract to Offshore Solutions B.V. was a direct result of the operational success of the first Offshore Access System leased by Shell and working daily in the Southern North Sea for over two and a half years, LTI free (lost time incident).