Bureau Veritas, Ithaca Energy Extend Certification Relations in the North Sea

Inspection and certification services provider will continue select asset work for Ithaca Energy through January 2025.

Alba Field, UK North Sea
The Alba North platform in the UK North Sea is one of six assets included in the contract agreement.

Bureau Veritas (BV) has scooped a 3-year contract from Ithaca Energy to deliver verification certification and classification services, and environmental verification and audit services for six assets in the UK North Sea. BV will deploy its digitalized delivery model, BV Compliance, for Ithaca to extend the boundaries of remote verification while reducing the total cost of asset operational ownership. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The six assets comprise the Captain WPP/BLP (wellhead protector platform/bridge linked platform) and the Captain FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) vessel in the Captain field; the Alba North Platform and a floating storage unit in the Alba field; the normally unmanned installation in the Erskine field, and the FPF1 floating production facility in the Greater Stella area. The Captain field is in the Outer Moray Firth, with the other fields located in the Central North Sea.

The work scope for BV begins in January 2022 and will run 3 years with the potential for a 2-year extension.

BV has been providing a range of independent verification, certification, classification, and environmental services for the assets in the Captain, Alba, and Erskine fields for 6 years under previous asset owners—an arrangement which has continued following Ithaca’s acquisition of the assets in 2019. The Greater Stella FPF1 facility is the latest addition to the portfolio of assets being supported.

“We are delighted that Ithaca Energy has not only extended its independent verification body contract with us for the five assets, but has also extended it to include the FPF1,” said Paul Shrieve, vice president global services at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. “We look forward to working with Ithaca to explore and develop a verification service fit for the fast-changing offshore E&P environment, accelerated through the energy transition, of offshore manning optimization and digitization that delivers value through a focus on total cost of ownership.”

A key focus of the contract will be a reduction in the total cost of ownership for asset operations due to increased remote working opportunities. To deliver on this goal, BV will use its cloud-based collaborative software tool BV Compliance.

The tool streamlines planning, administration, project management, and reporting to deliver a centralized live overview of the initial and ongoing assessment of safety, environmental, and critical elements suitability and supports BV's global commitment to the energy transition.