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New Style Agreement Strengthens Offshore Maintenance Teams

Added: (Tue Apr 24 2001)

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maintenance teams

A new-style maintenance agreement bringing significant time and cost benefits is now available from Furmanite, following a new initiative set up with BP in the North Sea.

The move involves the full-time employment of a Furmanite technician as part of an operator’s offshore maintenance team. In the first such agreement, with BP, two Furmanite technicians (operating back to back on a two weeks on, two weeks off basis) are on hand to service a field that includes some nine platforms. They are employed to work as part of the general mechanical maintenance team, and to provide Furmanite services when required.

The arrangement offers far greater flexibility in meeting maintenance requirements, with a minimal increase in overall cost. The need to call in additional labour is reduced, as one technician now meets both general maintenance and specialist Furmanite service requirements. Timescales and mobilisations are also reduced as the Furmanite technician is already offshore (and shuttled to the specific platform as necessary). And efficiency is increased as the Furmanite technician is able to survey work at the ‘sharp end’ with greater on-site knowledge, while for BP, having the expertise on hand for procedures such as dimensional checks and injection requirements enquiries means a rapid and efficient response.

Bill Logan, offshore installation manager and planning team leader at BP, comments on the agreement: ‘Historically BP has employed internal staff for operations and maintenance and these personnel had

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accumulated a vast knowledge and awareness of offshore mechanical equipment. Contracting out this type of work imported a high risk factor, but Furmanite’s years of experience in the industry has proven invaluable to both the main contractors and BP. Furmanite’s presence within the maintenance teams ensures that all planned and corrective tasks that arise within a mature asset such as these platforms can be addressed quickly, efficiently and successfully, and maintenance requirements executed safely and competently."

Furmanite services covered by the agreement include on-line leak sealing, in-situ machining, controlled bolting, and Trevitest on-line valve testing. Furmanite is also producing more complex bespoke designs for the installation and certification of clamps for hydrocarbon pipework, and ensuring that the stocks and shelf lives of the injection products are being managed, as well as performing tasks on all the platforms that fall outside the maintenance contractor’s domain.

Commenting on the new initiative Furmanite’s business development manager Tony Nicholls explained: "We have a good reputation with a number of key players in the offshore oil and gas industry, and are recognised for the quality of our labour and often seen as all-round problem-solvers. This new style of contract enables our customers to get maximum benefit from our service at no additional cost."

Furmanite is now able to set up similar agreements with other offshore operators around the world. For further information, contact Furmanite on 01539 729009 or e-mail uk.enquiry@furmanite.com

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