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Sparrows Group and SPIE seal first joint cranes contract in the Congo for Total

Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services have secured their first joint delivery project, which is in West Africa, after Total E&P Congo awarded the partners the crane maintenance contract on the Moho Nord development.

The scope of the agreement covers maintenance, inspection and testing services on five pedestal cranes on the development’s Likouf Floating Production Unit (FPU) and Tension Leg Platform (TLP) over three years.

Commencing in quarter three 2017, the project will be managed locally by SPIE, with expert specialist technical personnel delivered by Sparrows.

In August last year, Sparrows and SPIE announced they had agreed a partnership with an initial view to developing a collective service offering throughout Africa before expanding the scope globally.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows, said: “We have operated successfully in West Africa for several years however this is the first significant contract we have secured in the Congo. Being able to grow our footprint into new areas was key in us choosing to partner with SPIE to deliver a service that provides clients with the highest standards in crane operations and maintenance.”

The contract involves the review of existing plans before the firms take on full maintenance responsibility. This includes inspection and testing of all cranes, with corrective maintenance and spare parts supplied where required.

The cranes supplied for the Moho Nord development TLP were manufactured by Sparrows at their US manufacturing facility.

Richard Masson, general manager at SPIE Oil & Gas Services said “Our partnership with Sparrows enables us to provide the highest standards in safety and operational reliability on all crane operations and maintenance work. Being able to partner with a world-class specialist service company provides demonstrable benefits to operators in maximising the operations and working life of their assets.”

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