New partnership to transform delivery of life of field in North Sea through landmark contract with CNR International (UK) Limited

Source: press release, 9 December 2021

From left: Terry Allan, Global E&C Chief Executive Officer; Dan Byrne, Integrated Services Contract Manager; and Sandy Bonner, Bilfinger UK Executive President
From left: Terry Allan, Global E&C Chief Executive Officer; Dan Byrne, Integrated Services Contract Manager; and Sandy Bonner, Bilfinger UK Executive President (photo: Bilfinger UK/Global E&C)

An exciting new partnership between contractors, Bilfinger UK and Global E&C, has secured a major contract with oil and natural gas production company CNR International.

The framework agreement will see the two companies working together, under the newly formed Torus BGP brand, to deliver operations and maintenance, engineering, construction, modifications, fabric maintenance, integrity inspection, commissioning and start-up services for three UK North Sea platforms.

The companies, both incumbent contractors to CNR International with decades of combined North Sea experience, created the partnership to meet the operator’s ambition of finding new ways of collaborating and working to extend the life of its assets safely and economically, while supporting emissions reductions.

Under the contract, which covers the Ninian South, Ninian Central and the Tiffany platforms, offshore workers will be transferred, under TUPE legislation, from various contractors to Torus BGP. The joint venture will be led by a steering committee including Bilfinger UK Executive President, Sandy Bonner and Global E&C Chief Executive Officer, Terry Allan.

Terry Allan says, “Transformation is key to unlocking opportunities for the North Sea now and in the future. Torus BGP has presented a bold, but highly deliverable solution, to the challenges facing life of field services against a rapidly-changing backdrop, not least of which is the need to accelerate decarbonisation and deliver quantifiable efficiencies while not ever compromising on safety.”

“Torus BGP is the perfect partner to work with CNR International to challenge the accepted norms, and to foster creativity in late life operations and beyond. This partnership, which has been 15 months in the making, will not only offer the agility, scalability and cultural fit CNR International was looking for but will also provide a highly attractive, dynamic culture and a secure future for the workforce. With a fresh approach, Torus BGP will offer opportunities for the development and progression of fulfilling careers that will be vital to our basin in the long-term. The skills and experience of the workforce are critical as we enter a new era for the offshore energy industry,” Allan adds.

Sandy Bonner comments, “Our joint purpose is to challenge, innovate and deliver for CNR International as the operator. We will support CNR International by transforming operational and delivery models, alongside introducing the new technologies and technical skills it needs to streamline operations, reduce the carbon footprint, through to late life asset management and decommissioning.”

“For Bilfinger, this award consolidates our position as a leading operations and maintenance contractor. We have been working closely with our partners, Global E&C, in developing this transformative approach and look forward to, together, supporting CNR International on its continued journey in the North Sea,” Bonner continues.

At peak periods Bilfinger and Global E&C employ over 7,500 personnel in the UK – more than almost any other engineering and maintenance contractor in the country. Together the companies have extensive experience in delivering major, multi-discipline and time-sensitive contracts and transitions.