Sparrows Group cements West Africa presence with trio of Angolan contracts

Source: press release, 17 March 2021

photo: Sparrows Group
photo: Sparrows Group

Sparrows Group, the engineering and maintenance services specialist for the global energy and industrial sectors, has secured one contract renewal and two extensions, worth a seven-figure sum, in Angola to support major operators in the deepwater region.

The first award is a 3-year renewal to continue with the planned and corrective maintenance of all lifting equipment used on four floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels in the country. This includes the maintenance of all pedestal, gantry, bow and riser cranes on the assets. In addition, Sparrows will undertake mechanical maintenance routines to support the FPSOs’ vessel class certifications.

The additional two 6-month contract extensions are for ongoing crane operations and maintenance with separate operators. Sparrows will deliver crane inspection, maintenance, testing and repair services. Both contracts expand long-term operator relationships where Sparrows has been delivering engineering expertise and rigour for more than 30 years.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows, says, “In today’s challenging environment, you can’t underestimate the need for responsive partners that continue to provide a reliable and high-quality service to enable efficient ongoing operations. These extensions are a testament to the expertise of our team and the relationships we’ve built in Angola over the past three decades.”

“Our history with the operators means we have an in-depth understanding of the equipment and assets involved, the environment they are operating in and have the flexibility to ensure that despite any ongoing lockdown restrictions, we have experienced people in place to ensure work is delivered on schedule and efficiencies are maximised,” continues Mitchell.

The announcement follows the company’s re-location of its Angola base in Luanda to support its growing operations in Africa. The purpose-built 2,000 m2 complex has a workshop, storage yard, training facilities and office space which has just been awarded authorised service centre status from global winch manufacturer Braden. As the only service centre in Africa the certification enables Sparrows to supply and deliver installation and repairs of all Paccar Winch’s Braden planetary hoist products.