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Maintenance deal for Shell’s Gulf of Mexico platforms goes to Bilfinger

UK-headquartered energy giant Shell has picked Bilfinger, a maintenance, modification, operations and inspection services provider, to handle maintenance services at nine of its offshore oil and gas platforms across the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) deepwater basin.

Bilfinger informed on Monday that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar annual contract for the routine mechanical maintenance scope for Shell‘s oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to this deal, the company will be responsible for all routine maintenance services and fabrication across Shell’s deepwater GOM fleet for a minimum of three years, with the option to extend for a further two years.

Shell-operated assets in the Gulf of Mexico; Source: Shell
Shell-operated assets in the Gulf of Mexico; Source: Shell

Duncan Hall, Group COO of Bilfinger, remarked: “With this major contract from our long-standing customer, Bilfinger expands its global relationship with Shell as well as its growth course in the North American offshore maintenance business.”

A team from Bilfinger in North America will take over all routine mechanical maintenance-related work, including in-house piping and module fabrication, scaffolding, and rope access services, across Shell’s deepwater GOM fleet, ensuring their “safe and reliable” operation. The company outlined that approximately 100 of its employees will work full-time on a rotational basis, with the option to competitively bid selectively on large-scale projects.

“Bilfinger’s commitment to the highest safety standards ensures our customers from the oil and gas industries safe and reliable operational efficiency for their assets, supplying American energy today and for many years to come,” concluded Hall.

This deal comes less than two months after Shell hired Australia’s engineering company Worley to support five assets in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on their low-carbon journey.

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The three-year contract enables Worley to provide professional services in engineering, procurement, project services and support fabrication and construction for five assets – AppomattoxPerdidoStonesAuger, and Enchilada-Salsa – operated by Shell.