£1bn boost for UK’s offshore firms

Three North Sea developments approved by the Government last week will provide more than £1bn of work for the hard-pressed UK offshore engineering and construction industries. Elf placed a £400m contract last month with a French/British/US consortium for the main processing platform for the Elgin and Franklin fields, 230km east of Aberdeen. The main components […]

Three North Sea developments approved by the Government last week will provide more than £1bn of work for the hard-pressed UK offshore engineering and construction industries.

Elf placed a £400m contract last month with a French/British/US consortium for the main processing platform for the Elgin and Franklin fields, 230km east of Aberdeen. The main components of the giant jack-up structure will be built at Barmac’s Nigg and Ardersier yards in Nigg Bay, on Scotland’s east coast.

Elf will also award a deal worth £45m and £50m for the topsides of the development’s wellhead platforms.

Meanwhile, Shell has placed a £350m turnkey contract with an Amec/Heerema alliance for the central processing platform for its Shearwater field.

The contract covers the topsides for a second wellhead platform, for which SLP Engineering Teesside is building the jacket under a separate £20m contract.

Elf will also place £400m of orders for the partners in both developments for a 463km pipeline.