AMEC awarded FEED for Maersks Curlew FPSO


Aberdeen, United Kingdom (3 November 2010) - AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, has been appointed by Maersk FPSOs to carry out the front-end engineering design (FEED) for modifications to the Curlew floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) in the central North Sea.

The value of the contract has not been announced.

AMEC's FEED scope of work is part of a project to extend the life of the Shell-operated Curlew field and it will focus on the Curlew D gas condensate field located approximately 210 kilometres east of Aberdeen. To maximise recoverable reserves from the Curlew Dreservoir, the study is intended to evaluate the feasibility of a reduction in the pressure of the condensate arriving at the Curlew FPSO.

"North Sea production continues to be important to the UK, and being selected to undertake the front end engineering design for Maersk's Curlew FPSO is excellent news," said John Pearson, Managing Director of AMEC's Europe & West Africa business. "As well as extending our brownfield FPSO experience, the contract award recognises our good track record for FEEDs, for Maersk and our previous work on this FPSO."

AMEC was responsible for the original engineering, procurement installation and commissioning of the topside facilities and utilities for the conversion of Maersk's Dorset tanker into the Curlew FPSO in the mid-1990s. This was an industry first, with hydrocarbon production starting 19 months after contract award.

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