Mechanical engineering service provider, EnerMech, has strengthened its market positon in the Caspian region by securing contracts with major operators valued at more than £40 million. The contracts involve a number of EnerMech service lines including cranes and lifting, process, pipelines and umbilicals, valves, training and industrial services.

First, EnerMech has been awarded a three-year contract with BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd to manage all of the operator’s crane operation, maintenance and inspection requirements in Azerbaijan. EnerMech says the contract covers assets spread over seven platforms, includes 12 offshore pedestal cranes, and will see the company increase its Azerbaijani workforce from its current level of 80% to 100% within a three-month period.

Second, the ATA consortium in Azerbaijan has commissioned EnerMech to provide a full range of hydrotesting, flange management, camera inspection and enhanced water blasting services on two platforms which are part of the giant Shah Deniz 2 gas condensate field. A separate project will see EnerMech for the first time provide ultra-high pressure tubing installation, pressure testing and flushing of tubing, with experienced supervisors from the UK and Asia training assisting local pipe fitters on the project.

Also at the ATA site, EnerMech has been awarded its first direct contract with BP for the provision of nitrogen/helium leak detection and pre-engineering is ongoing in London.

EnerMech says it has invested more than £1.5 million in new equipment to service a first award at the Sangachal Terminal south of Baku, where it has been commissioned by Turkish contractor Tekfen to provide enhanced high-pressure water jetting and flange management over a two-year period.

EnerMech has also been commissioned by BOS Shelf to provide all jacket riser testing, subsea safety isolation valves and subsea spool testing at its Baku Deepwater Jackets Factory and will also carry out hydro testing, riser pigging and bolt tensioning work.

John Guy, EnerMech’s regional director for the Middle East, Asia and Caspian, said, “This has by far been our most successful period in the Caspian region and the groundwork we have put in over the last five years is now paying dividends. The extension of the BP cranes and lifting contract is an important development and our commitment to Azerbaijan has been underlined by our move towards a 100% Azeri project team.

“We have recently made senior Azerbaijan national appointments within our management team as part of our commitment to the development and nationalisation of our 300 strong employees in Azerbaijan.

“The breadth and depth of these various workscopes demonstrates EnerMech’s ability to offer a genuine integrated service to clients with specific requirements. We will continue to invest in facilities, equipment and training to ensure we can offer a flexible, responsive service backed up with the most modern equipment fleet and best trained personnel.”

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