EnerMech wins £6.6m Forties cranes contract

EXPANDING engineering group EnerMech has landed the biggest equipment order in its four-year history with a £6.6 million contract to supply cranes for four oil platforms.

The replacement programme will see new specialist lifting kit installed on the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta oilrigs in the North Sea’s Forties field, which is owned by US energy group Apache.

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Apache has been systematically upgrading the platforms – which rank among the oldest in operation – since buying them from BP in 2003.

The work is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013, and will be handled by a dedicated team from EnerMech’s head office in Aberdeen.

The group, which employs 1,000 people from its HQ and other bases around the world, already supplies a range of other services to Apache, such as rigging, lifting and leak testing.