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Spirit hires Sparrows for crane services across Morecambe Hub assets

Provider of engineering and maintenance solutions Sparrows Group has been awarded a five-year contract by Spirit Energy for the provision of crane maintenance and lifting services across its Morecambe Hub assets in the East Irish Sea (UK Continental Shelf).

Central Morecambe platform; Source: Sparrows

The Morecambe Hub comprises of six fields, three of which have been operated by Spirit Energy for over 30 years.

Gas-producing, the North Morecambe, South Morecambe and Rhyl fields are located approximately 25km south-west of Walney Island, west England.

Sparrows said on Thursday that the contract award from Spirit Energy will see it deliver crane maintenance on all fixed lifting assets across the Morecambe Central Processing Complex, DP6, DP8, and DPPA platforms.

The provision of crane engineering, design services and technical authority will be managed from the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen, Sparrows stated.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows said: “Having recently refurbished the DP6 and DP8 cranes for Spirit Energy, we’re excited to be working with the team again to deliver a longer, more sustained lifting inspection and maintenance campaign in one of the UK’s most important gas-producing hubs.

“Having a clear strategy for managing lifting assets is essential for reducing equipment downtime and increasing safety. I am extremely proud of our dedicated people who consistently deliver a high-quality service to our clients and we look forward to working with the Spirit Energy team to support their ongoing operations”.

One of the largest gas fields in the UKCS, at its peak, the Morecambe Hub met 20 per cent of the UK’s domestic gas demand.

Gas from all the fields is processed at Barrow Gas Terminals, which is located near Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, before entry into the National Transmission System.

Sparrows has also recently been awarded a five-year contract with “a major UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) operator” to provide inspection services across all its assets in the region. The project also has two one-year extension options.

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