Major Clair Contracts Awarded

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07 June 2002
BP, on behalf of its project partners, today announced details of the major contracts for the Clair oil and gas project.

The contract for the fabrication of the platform jacket was awarded to the Norwegian company, Aker Verdal. This contract, valued at around £30 million, involves the construction of a single steel jacket, which will be fixed to the seabed.

The contract for the construction of the platform topsides, was awarded to the UK based company, Amec. This contract, worth around £50 million, involves innovative solutions to traditional deck and topsides build.

Scott Urban, Group Vice President North West Europe for BP, said the bidding for these important components of the project, had been very competitive.

"Our procurement strategy in this increasingly complex environment requires us to find the most cost-effective outcome from a competitive bid process.

"Each of the tenders for these contracts was submitted to a rigorous evaluation which examined the competence of each company over a range of disciplines and work practices.

"Our tendering strategy has enabled us to award these contracts in both cases to the most competitive bidder that met our safety and technical requirements."

The platform topsides will comprise three decks, which will accommodate all the required facilities for drilling and processing of the produced fluids.

The platform jacket for Clair will be a four-legged single steel structure of around 165 metres (540 feet) in height. It will be located over an existing well.

Both jacket and topsides are designed for fabrication, transportation and installation as single, fully integrated lifts that require access to the heaviest lift capability vessels on the installation market. They are scheduled to be installed in the Summer of 2004 with first oil expected later that year.

The co-venturers in the Clair development are:

  • BP(operator) 28.6%
  • Conoco 24.0%
  • ChevronTexaco 19.4%
  • Enterprise Oil 18.7%
  • Amerada Hess 9.3%

Notes to Editors
The Clair field is located approximately 75kms(47 miles) west of The Shetland Isles in about 140 metres (460 feet) of water. It covers an area of 220 square kilometres(85 square miles).

Clair Phase 1 Development will focus on the Core, Graben and Horst reservoir areas, which have estimated oil in place of approximately 1.75 billion barrels, of which 250 million barrels can be recovered.

For the initial stage of the Clair development, it is planned to drill 15 producing wells, 8 water injectors and one drill cuttings re-injection well.

Produced gas from the Clair project will not be routinely flared but either exported to the Magnus Enhanced Oil Recovery western gas pipeline or re-injected into the reservoir through a well. The Clair field covers five licence blocks - 206/7a; 206/12; 206/8; 206/13a; and 206/9.

AMEC is a leading international provider of specialized services and engineering solutions for clients in manufacturing, commercial, infrastructure and process industries. It operates in around 50 countries and has 50,000 employees. It has a market capitalization of £1 billion and annualised revenues of around £5.5 billion.

Aker Verdal is a Norwegian based subsidiary of Aker Kvaerner, which in turn was established in March of this year through a merger of Aker Maritimes subsidiaries with Kvaerner's oil and gas activities. The Kvaerner Group has around 40,000 staff in more than 30 countries. It expects to have revenues of around US$6 billion for this year. Aker Verdal's fabrication yard is located some 90 km North of Trondheim.


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