Cross industry link-up saves North Sea project almost £30,000


An experienced oil and gas engineering company saved almost £30,000 on its late life operations on a North Sea gas platform by looking to offshore wind for a solution.

Great Yarmouth-based Epic International turned to Dalby Offshore an OrbisEnergy tenant, whose fleet of wind farm supply vessels are based in the town to remove a lifeboat from a five-well gas platform it was “mothballing” for its owner.

Epic managing director Dave Rowan said chartering a vessel to remove the lifeboat as part of its Late in Life Operation (LILO) work on the 25-year-old asset and tow it back to Great Yarmouth would have cost £30,000.

Dalby Offshore also provided a guard vessel to keep watch of the platform when satellite communications between the asset and Epic International’s Great Yarmouth office failed.

“We had been increasingly collaborating with the offshore wind industry recently so when we had a comms fail I contacted Dalby to see if they could help.”

To charter a standby vessel to keep watch of the platform and provide navigation lights would have cost £8000 a day, Mr Rowan said.

“Dalby said it could provide a guard zone capability. Its vessels could get there in two hours. It would have taken the standby vessel more than four hours.

“We would have ended up paying for 24 hours for a standby vessel when a Dalby vessel could do it in 12. Tying the lifeboat to one of its vessels to bring it back made perfect sense.”

“Collaboration is something supply chain companies are being told to do all the time to cut costs. This cross-industry partnership was exactly how it can happen This link up saved the best part of £30,000 for a project with a tight budget.

“Our priority is always to use local companies first.”

Steve Bartram, operations manager for Dalby Offshore, which operates from Trinity Quay, Great Yarmouth, said: “We always to work with other Great Yarmouth companies. It is important to us. Both the wind industry and oil & gas are under pressure to save money and these types of local link ups are effective in achieving this.”

At an event in Norwich last year, the oil & gas and wind industries were told to look for synergies between them and look for opportunities to share facilities for the greatest cost efficiencies.

Eric Marston, the Oil & Gas Authority (OGS) are manager for the Southern North Sea (SNS) told a decommissioning event organised by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR): “There is the opportunity for synergies within different sectors in this geographical area – between offshore renewables and the oil and gas industry. There are synergies – and there are opportunities in capabilities and competencies in this room.”


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