Total lets North Sea platforms construction contract

Total E&P Nederland has appointed Fabricom Oil & Gas to design and construct its 21 offshore production platforms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Jan. 9 -- Total E&P Nederland has appointed Fabricom Oil & Gas to design and construct its 21 offshore production platforms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Under the 5-year framework agreement, work will be carried out on a lump-sum basis under the 'construction driven engineering' principle in which the construction experience acts as a guideline for the engineering, Fabricom said. This new style of working is expected to reduce lead times and costs, and improve quality of the work.

Fabricom will join Total in project management, detail engineering, work preparation, procurement, prefabrication, offshore installation, and precommissioning. "Total E&P Nederland retains the responsibility for the studies and basic engineering as well as the purchase of specific materials," it added.

Fabricom signed a maintenance contract for the same platforms in July 2007.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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