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TotalEnergies gives more work to UK firm for its North Sea oil & gas assets

France’s energy giant TotalEnergies has decided to prolong a contract with PBS, an Aberdeen-based consortium comprised of Ponticelli UK, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, and Semco Maritime, for integrated services delivery to its North Sea portfolio.

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This extension of the general maintenance and operations contract (GMOC) will enable PBS to continue delivering integrated operations, maintenance, engineering, construction, facilities management, and access solutions through its 1,100 staff on TotalEnergies’ offshore sites, at Shetland Gas Plant and onshore at its headquarters in Westhill. 

Adam Mason, PBS GMOC Director, commented: “We’re delighted and proud to have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with TotalEnergies through this contract extension which adds longevity and security for our team. The decision to proceed with PBS is testament to our safe and efficient delivery of the GMOC services. During 2023 we saw a step-change improvement in critical work-streams including reduction of SECE backlog, safe and timely shutdown delivery and an excellent overall safety record which involved 2 million man hours liquidated in the year. 

“This milestone announcement is meaningful for PBS and allows us to press ahead with our five-year strategic plan across TotalEnergies’ seven sites. We are looking forward to embarking on new and exciting projects including shutdown delivery, maintenance management system optimisation and supporting milestone projects with safety, efficiency and cost optimisation all central principles to our service delivery.

The GMOC deal was originally awarded by TotalEnergies in 2020 to cover its North Sea assets after a challenging start, including navigating the Covid-19 pandemic. With over a year left on the existing five-year contract, PBS was already making plans for continued safe and efficient delivery into mid-2025. The contract extension allows the firm to provide GMOC services through May 2026.

Nicolas Payer, Managing Director at TotalEnergies E&P UK, remarked: “Safe and efficient operations remain at the centre of the GMOC partnership between TotalEnergies and PBS. Following progress in these areas, we look forward to continuing that good trend over the next two years.”

TotalEnergies is not only working on developing projects in the UK but also elsewhere in the world, as confirmed by a final investment decision (FID) for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oman, which is expected to be powered by solar energy and serve as the first LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East.