AN engineering and manufacturing firm has landed one of its biggest ever contracts.
The Hartlepool yard of Holland-based Heerema Fabrication has won a deal making four topsides for North Sea oil rigs which will take around three years to complete and create jobs both in its 240-strong workforce and at its suppliers.
The work for GDF SUEZ E&P UK brings around 10,500 tons of fabrication work from December this year.
Heerema’s chief commercial officer Tino Vinkesteijn said: “This assignment will possibly be our single most important award for Heerema Hartlepool, especially in the context of the current economic turmoil.
“It will generate approximately three years of work at our Hartlepool facility creating in excess of one million man hours and additional supply-chain jobs being created for other companies in the North East region and further afield.
“Having been able to secure this work for our Hartlepool facility is a tremendous boost for the stability of quality jobs in the North East.”
The topsides will go to the Cygnus gas field which will consist of four platforms and is scheduled for first gas production by the end of 2015.
Cygnus Alpha, a three platform bridge-linked complex and Cygnus Bravo, a not normally manned installation located in UK’s Southern North Sea approximately 150 km north-east of Easington in a water depth of 23 meters. The gas will be exported via the gas terminal in Bacton in Norfolk. The field is operated by GDF SUEZ, with partners Centrica and Bayerngas.