Sparrows teams up with Maersk Oil with new contract

30 March 2017 by Daniel Searle


Sparrows Group has agreed a five-year contract to provide hydraulic, lifting and rigging services for Maersk Oil’s UK floating assets.

The assets covered include Maersk Oil’s Global Producer 3 FPSO, Gryphon FPSO, and the new Culzean FSO.

The scope of the contract covers hydraulic services including maintenance, repair and parts and materials procurement, and the supply, management and certification of all lifting gear.

It also includes additional mechanical engineering services, including failure modes, effects and criticality analysis (FMECA) studies; finite element analysis; the design and build of structural and mechanical assemblies and small pressure vessels; reverse engineering and fabrication; and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) inspections.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows, said: “The award of this important contract confirms our reputation as a world-class provider of reliable and cost-effective hydraulic, lifting and rigging solutions.

“We look forward to collaborating with Maersk to support their existing operations across the North Sea as well as Culzean. As the largest discovery in the UKCS since 2004, we are delighted to be involved in helping ensure safe and efficient production from this strategically important development.”

The Culzean gas condensate field has resources estimated at 250m–300m barrels of oil equivalent. The high-pressure, high-temperature field is located in the Central North Sea and is expected to start in 2019. It is expected to produce enough gas to meet 5% of the total UK demand at peak production in 2020/21.