Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has been awarded a six-figure contract to support drilling operations in the North Sea.
The long-term frame agreement will see Bureau Veritas provide inspection and verification services for nine rigs, with the project co-ordinated out of Bureau Veritas's Aberdeen base.
The contract follows a successful 2017 for Bureau Veritas's North Sea Offshore Operations, after it secured contracts worth more than £10 million.
Paul Shrieve, Regional CEO, North Sea Offshore Operations, said: “Bureau Veritas has always been committed to the North Sea region, viewing it as a viable business area where we intend to continue to grow, expand and support our clients.
“Our faith is echoed in Oil & Gas UK's recently published 2018 Business Outlook, which suggests at least 12 new developments worth around £5 billion are expected to be sanctioned this year – the healthiest forecast for new projects for three years. The North Sea drilling market is enjoying a return to vibrancy which we would all welcome.”
The client, a global drilling contractor, is also receiving the benefit of streamlined data tracking and reporting from the project as a result of Bureau Veritas's Compliance System.
The cloud-based system has been developed by Bureau Veritas to gather clients' disparate maintenance, inspection and verification data into one centralised hub, giving the client full detailed visibility at any time, in one view. The built-in dashboards provide a fully interactive, real-time, health check of clients' assets – with areas of concern highlighted in a transparent and justified way, and through the use of an intuitive user interface and customisable database queries, the user is easily able to scrutinise large amounts of data in a quick, targeted and relationalised manner.
Paul Shrieve added: “It is important that technology is used to bring practical solutions to challenges faced by the modern energy industry, not just for the sake of technology, and that is core to the development of this system.
“Simplification, real-time answers to questions and risk reduction are all delivered through this and we look forward to supporting more clients with it.”
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