Subsea 7 gets the nod from Shell for Pierce job

Shell has picked energy service giant Subsea 7 to carry out key tasks for its Pierce depressurisation project in the UK North Sea.

Luxembourg-registered Subsea 7 will supply and install an 18.6 mile gas export pipeline, a riser and other pieces of kit for the project.

Shell confirmed yesterday that it had made a final investment decision on the Pierce project, alongside partner Ithaca Energy.

The work will enable them to start exporting gas as well as oil from the field, which lies 165 miles east of Aberdeen and is served by the Haewene Brim FPSO.

Pierce is currently an oil producing system, with all produced gas compressed and dried for reinjection.

The “blowdown” project on Pierce will allow Shell and Ithaca to extract the reservoir’s gas cap.

Work on the project is already under way at Subsea 7’s office in Westhill, near Aberdeen, with offshore activities scheduled for 2020 and 2021.

Subsea 7 did not disclose a specific contract value, but did say it was worth between £40-120 million.

Jonathan Tame, vice president UK & Canada at Subsea 7, said: “This award recognises our extensive knowledge of Shell’s North Sea developments, gained over almost 30 years of working closely together to deliver safe and cost-effective construction, inspection, repair and maintenance operations across Shell’s European offshore fields and facilities.”


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