Platform for cooperation

Elf awards £400m Elgin and Franklin contract to Franco-British-US consortium

By Andrew Cavenagh

Elf has awarded a £400m contract to build and install a central processing platform in the North Sea to a French-British-US consortium.

The platform will be used to develop its Elgin and Franklin fields.

The giant jack-up structure, the TPG 500, is a design developed by France’s Technip Geoproduction. It has already been used in the North Sea on BP’s Harding field. Technip Geoproduction will be responsible for the design, procurement and project management of the structure’s hull legs and foundations.

The US-owned firm McDermott Marine Construction will take care of the detailed engineering and equipment procurement for the topsides, look after the offshore commissioning and provide the overall project management.

Barmac – McDermott’s joint venture with UK firm Brown & Root – will be responsible for the fabrication of the topsides and their onshore pre-commissioning at its Ardersier site on the southern side of Scotland’s Cromarty Firth, and the offshore hook-up work.

The legs, hull and foundations will be built at Barmac’s refurbished dock at Nigg Bay on the opposite side of the firth.

The platform is scheduled to be moved to the field in August 1999.

Barmac is also one of the five UK-based contractors bidding for the topsides of the two wellhead platforms that will produce from the high-pressure, high-temperature Elgin and Franklin fields.

The other bidders for the Epic engineer, procure, install and commission award are Kvaerner, Amec, UIE Scotland, and Heerema Hartlepool.

The contract is likely to be worth about £45m, and Elf is expected to place it by early April.