Bibby Offshore Awarded Multi Million Pound Construction Contract By Ithaca Energy

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21st November 2012

Bibby Offshore Limited, the Aberdeen-based provider of subsea construction and offshore management services, today announced that it has been awarded a lump sum engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPIC) contract by Ithaca Energy (UK) Ltd.

The multi-million pound contract will entail tying back four production and one water injection well and installing the export system for the “BW Athena” floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel on Ithaca’s Athena field. The Athena field is situated in Block 14/18b in the Outer Moray Firth area of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf.

On completion, the subsea infrastructure will include production, water injection, service injection dynamic flexible risers, an electro hydraulic control (EHC) umbilical and a system power cable installed from a riser base structure to the submerged turret production (STP) buoy over a mid water arch system. Bibby Offshore will also install the STP Buoy - a mooring line tethered buoy utilised to locate the FPSO at the Athena site. This work includes the installation of nine suction piles, and associated anchor lines and is in itself, a multi million pound workscope.

The offshore campaign is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2011 and will take approximately 80 days to complete. Bibby Offshore will deploy its state-of-the-art dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Topaz to undertake all construction related works. The company will also deploy a high specification construction support vessel (CSV) and a dedicated trenching vessel to undertake various other scopes of work. Bibby Offshore’s Aberdeen based project management team will also undertake all ancillary services in support of this project.

The DSV Bibby Topaz is a dynamically positioned diving support vessel measuring 107m in length. The vessel was purpose built in Norway and delivered into Bibby Offshore’s service in April 2008. With a beam of 22m, she has twin diving bells and an 18-man saturated dive system rated to 300m. Featuring a heave compensated 150 tonne crane and a working deck area of 1,000 square metres, Bibby Topaz has accommodation for marine and project crew of 106.

Commenting, Bibby Offshore’s subsea business manager, Tony Evans, said, “We are delighted to have been selected by Ithaca to undertake this prestigious project. This win further underlines our reputation as a serious provider of major construction solutions.

“It is very pleasing for us as a dynamic and growing company to have the opportunity to work with a like-minded and progressive organisation such as Ithaca. We very much look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the coming year.” Commenting on behalf of Ithaca, chief development officer, John Woods, said, “This agreement represents the final major contract to be awarded for the Athena project. Bibby Offshore provided a very flexible and efficient solution to the installation of Athena subsea works. Throughout the tender process Bibby Offshore have demonstrated the willingness to provide sound project management skills and engineering solutions, which will ensure the success of offshore construction works on Q2/Q3 2011.

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