Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up
Semco Maritime to participate in the preparation (hook-up) of Maersk Oil UK’s new gas field in the U.K. sector of the North Sea when the production units arrive from Singapore in the summer of 2018. The largest order ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office.
Maersk Oil UK has selected Semco Maritime to participate in the installation and preparation (hook-up) of the new gas production field Culzean, which is located 240 kilometers east of the coast of Aberdeen in the U.K. sector of the North Sea. The contract is the largest ever for Semco Maritime’s Aberdeen office. Semco Maritime will be responsible for carrying out the electrical work, while the piping and painting work will be carried out by two other companies.
The Culzean complex consists of a central processing platform, a wellhead platform, a living quarter platform, which are currently under construction at the Sembcorp Marine (SMBMF) yard in Singapore. Production from the natural gas field is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said Carsten Nielsen, vice president at Semco Maritime Ltd.
The offshore work will be carried out from the base in Aberdeen, where Semco Maritime expects to employ 75-150 people for the approx. 8-9 months it will take to prepare Culzean.
The order is a continuation of the positive development in the activities, which Semco Maritime has experienced in the UK during the past six months, said James Cooper, director, Semco Maritime Ltd., Aberdeen, who is looking forward to a good and even closer co-operation with Maersk Oil and the others involved.
During the period the order will create jobs for approximately 20 people in Esbjerg, both internally in Semco Maritime and at Fanø Fran Service and Ocean Team Scandinavia, who have been selected as subsuppliers for parts of the work.
Semco Maritime’s total contract is expected to exceed 100,000 working hours offshore. The Culzean field will cover 5 percent of the gas demand in the U.K. in 2020/21.