Operational transitions

With a track record spanning a number of major transitions our clients are assured of an efficient, safe and productive handover of operations and maintenance contracts from the incumbent provider.

Since our first transition in 1995, we’ve developed a standard approach that ensures planning and execution can be delivered in a short timeframe whilst maintaining production uptime and a focus on safety throughout the project.

Our experience has allowed us to develop a process that separates the key elements of transition from transformation and ultimately results in a smooth and safe process for all involved.

Our process incorporates a robust approach to quality, risk and client management and covers initial planning, interfaces, communications, project controls, operations handover and, vitally, lessons learnt. Our transition standard is part of our in-house training process and has been delivered to over 400 Petrofac employees globally.

Transition history

Our first transition took place in 1995 for the Hutton, Murchison and Ninian assets which transitioned from Conoco/Chevron to Oryx.

Since then we’ve carried out more than 25 major transitions including a number of assets for which we are Duty Holder such as the Galley (Northern Producer) in 1997 on behalf of Texaco; Hewett and Bacton on behalf of Tullow in 2003; and the Heather and Thistle platforms on behalf of Lundin in 2005.

Our largest transition to date was carried out in 2007 for the Dubai Government and involved 81 assets, four offshore fields, 500 km of subsea pipelines and 1,100 personnel.

In 2010, we transitioned the Sajaa Gas Asset from BP on behalf of the Government of Sharjah. This was completed successfully within a 12-week period whilst crucially maintaining the highest level of safety performance.

In 2011, we were involved in a transition for and on behalf of Petrofac following our successful bid for two integrated services contracts to develop the Magallanes and Santuario blocks in Mexico, on behalf of PEMEX.


Further information

Please contact marketing@petrofac.com