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Petrofac wins decommissioning work at two North Sea fields

Petrofac has been handed a decommissioning contract for wells at two fields in the central North Sea.

Hess Limited, a subsidiary of US headquartered Hess Corporation, has awarded the deal to fully abandon four wells at the Rubie and Renee fields, around 125miles north-east of Aberdeen.

The four wells were previously shut-in as part of an earlier decommissioning phase.

Petrofac will become well operator and provide well engineering project management, including detailed planning, procurement and management of sub-contracts and a semi-submersible rig to carry out the work.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Nick Shorten, managing director for Petrofac Engineering and Production Services West, said: “We are delighted to secure our first well engineering scope with Hess.

“This award builds on our existing track record for delivering Well Operator and Project Management services for clients globally, but specifically in the UKCS where in recent years we have successfully delivered numerous multi-well plug and abandonment campaigns.

“At the end of the asset lifecycle, the focus on cost and schedule remains as important as ever. This award is testament to the approach we take to develop flexible commercial frameworks in line with our clients’ operating strategy – in this instance, the contract includes lumpsum turnkey elements.”

Petrofac said it became the first outsourced well operator in 2016.

Hess first submitted a decommissioning plan for the Rubie and Renee fields in 2013, which lie four miles apart.

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