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Bibby Offshore wins two-year Spirit Energy IRM contract

Fri 11 May 2018 by Ed Martin

Bibby Offshore wins two-year Spirit Energy IRM contract
The project will make use of diving and ROV support vessel Bibby Sapphire (credit: Alan Jamieson)

Aberdeen-based subsea services provider Bibby Offshore has secured a two-year framework agreement with independent oil and gas firm Spirit Energy.

The two-year agreement was awarded in April and follows on from a previous five-year agreement.

Bibby will carry out inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and subsea survey operations covering a number of Spirit Energy’s North Sea structures and pipelines.

Multi-role diving and ROV support vessel Bibby Sapphire, mounting a Quasar MKII work-class ROV and two Seaeye Lynx observation-class ROVs, will be involved in the work. Bibby Sapphire has a 94 m length, a 22 m breadth, 2,800 dwt and a full speed of 13 knots. It has a DP2 dynamic positioning classification, a helideck and can accommodate 136 seafarers.

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock said “The award of a further two-year framework with Spirit Energy is a clear demonstration of the strength of the relationship between Bibby Offshore and the client. 

“Having successfully delivered a varied programme of workscopes across the company’s Morecambe Bay assets and North Sea pipelines and structures over the past five years, this latest agreement highlights the ongoing confidence in our ability to deliver safe, on time, multi-scope operations to meet the needs of our client.”

Spirit Energy was created in 2017 via a combination of Centrica’s exploration and production business with Bayerngas Norge AS. It is 69%-owned by Centrica and 31%-owned by former Bayerngas Norge shareholders.

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