AMEC-led Joint Venture Wins North Sea Contract from Shell

NAM and Shell Expro have jointly awarded an Integrated Services Contract (ISC) to service their facilities in the UK and Netherlands sectors of the Southern North Sea. The contract has been awarded to AJS, a joint venture between Amec plc, Jacobs Engineering BV and Stork Industry Services BV, following a competitive tender exercise started in January 2003.

The scope of the contract covers the provision of management, engineering, maintenance and operational support across all Shell Expro and NAM Southern North Sea facilities. This includes the gas plants at Den Helder and Bacton (UK). The value of the seven year contract is approximately Euro 700 million.

NAM and Shell Expro (under the operating unit name ONEgas) operate more than 50 offshore production platforms and 2 gas plants in the Netherlands and Southern UK sectors of the North Sea. The work to be carried out by the AJS consortium is laid down in an Integrated Services Contract (ISC). NAM and Shell Expro will also have the option of awarding projects to AJS outside the ISC. After expiry of the initial 7 year period, the contract for maintenance of the installations will be renewable on a yearly basis.

The management of AJS will be based in Assen. Supporting 'back offices' will be established in Amsterdam and Great Yarmouth (East Anglia), while use will also be made of the heliport offices in Den Helder and Norwich. The project will provide around 1,000 jobs.

Stork has a 375% interest in AJS. The order significantly enhances the position of Stork in the oil and gas industry.

The contract will be effected from mid-July 2003, and the full AJS organization will be operational from January 1, 2004. Transfer of the maintenance operations on the first platform will take place as early as September 1, 2003.