Field/project development

New UK JV Wins Operations Contract in the North Sea

Canadian Natural Resources has awarded Torus BGP a contract covering a trio of offshore assets.

Ninian Central is one of three UK North Sea platforms included in the Torus BGP contract.
SOURCE: Chevron

Torus BGP, a joint venture between Bilfinger UK and Global E&C, has been tapped by operator Canadian Natural Resources (CNR International) to provide operations and maintenance, engineering, construction, modifications, fabric maintenance, integrity inspection, commissioning and startup services for three UK North Sea platforms.

The companies created the partnership to meet the operator’s ambition of finding new ways of collaborating and working to extend the life of its assets safely and economically, while supporting emissions reductions.

Under the contract, which covers the Ninian South, Ninian Central, and the Tiffany platforms, offshore workers will be transferred, under TUPE legislation, from various contractors to Torus BGP.

“Transformation is key to unlocking opportunities for the North Sea now and in the future,” said Terry Allan, chief executive at Global E&C. “Torus BGP has presented a highly deliverable solution to the challenges facing life-of-field services against a rapidly changing backdrop, not least of which is the need to accelerate decarbonization and deliver quantifiable efficiencies while not ever compromising on safety.”

The partnership, which has been 15 months in the making, will not only offer the agility, scalability, and cultural fit the operator was looking for, but will also provide a highly attractive, dynamic culture and a secure future for the workforce, according to Global E&C.

The joint venture will be led by a steering committee including Bilfinger UK Executive President Sandy Bonner and Global E&C’s Allan.

At peak periods Bilfinger and Global E&C employ more than 7,500 personnel in the UK.