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Project: Planned and routine maintenance and corrective work, including the maintenance of safety equipment, fire and gas equipment, instrument equipment and high voltage equipment, as well as lighting and low voltage electrical maintenance including rope access solutions

Client: BP

Location: Northern North Sea, UK

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Onshore and offshore support to BP’s UK operations

Petrofac manages planned and corrective maintenance on all of BP’s offshore UK North Sea assets; from the Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel West of Shetland, to the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP), one of the largest and most commercially complex North Sea oil and gas developments of the past 20 years.

Initially we managed the successful TUPE of over 100 offshore personnel before reviewing and then reducing the number of individual vendors on the contract, immediately introducing cost-savings for BP.

We have established a self-managed, onshore support team located within BP’s offices to support core maintenance services. In our valued partnership with BP we continue to deliver strong safety performance and excellent productivity on its assets, partly through the deployment of a permanent presence on BP’s platforms, but also through our four offshore hazardous area equipment maintenance campaign teams that are rope access qualified. These teams follow an annual schedule across all assets.

In February 2017, we were awarded a three-year extension to our existing contract, worth in the region of US$25 million.

Key facts

  • The Petrofac maintenance team includes more than 75 offshore technicians
  • We have improved scheduling and increased productivity by ensuring all work scopes are accurately planned and co-ordinated and consistently deliver more than nine productive hours per day
  • A process to continually review planned maintenance routines ensures accurate estimated hours and job content for all work
  • Petrofac’s forward and future planning programmes provide continuous improvements to scheduling and work flows
  • We work with key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide a streamlined and focused work programme for BP


Over the last seven years we have developed a robust knowledge of BP’s North Sea assets. As a result, we’ve forged a strong working relationship which is evolving in line with current industry drivers and BP’s business objectives. We are delighted BP has demonstrated continued confidence in our ability to drive value through the integration of services and our holistic asset-led approach to delivery.

Walter Thain, Managing Director, Engineering and Production Services, West