Bibby Offshore Secures Second Subsea Inspection Contract with Shell

Published Nov 10, 2016
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Construction support vessel Olympic Ares (photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore, subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has this year been awarded two contracts from Shell to provide inspection services on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The first contract, completed in June this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel Olympic Ares – equipped with Quantum Work Class and SeaEye Cougar Inspection Class ROVs – perform subsea inspections 83km off the North West coast of Ireland, in water depths of approximately 360 metres.

The 40-day campaign involved pipeline survey inspection work on a 83 km long 20-inch gas pipeline, and internal wellhead and manifold fault diagnostics, structural inspection and cathodic protection measurements, to ensure optimum levels of productivity were achieved.

Bibby Offshore’s successful completion of this scope of work resulted in Shell awarding the company a second contract at its West Ireland assets. The project commenced in July and is set for completion by the end of this year.

Barry Macleod, managing director at Bibby Offshore, says, “These contracts are very important for Bibby Offshore and our relationship with Shell is continuing to strengthen. Securing the second scope of work off the back of our success in June is testament to the skill and dedication of our team to deliver for our clients.”

The second contract will see Bibby Offshore also utilise its construction support vessel Olympic Ares – equipped with two Quantum Work Class ROVs.

The 3-week campaign involves Bibby Offshore installing an electrical distribution unit and several replacement control jumpers. The company will also perform inspection, repair and maintenance services in water depths of 400 metres.

Bibby Offshore successfully provided riser replacement services on Shell’s Pierce project in 2014, and supported work on its Curlew in early 2015.

Tags: Bibby Offshore, Shell


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