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Project: Planned and routine maintenance and corrective work, including the maintenance of safety equipment, pressure safety valves, fire mains equipment as well as lighting and low voltage electrical maintenance

Client: BP

Location: Northern North Sea, UK


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Onshore and offshore support to BP’s UK operations

Petrofac manages planned  and corrective maintenance of all BP’s offshore UK North Sea assets; from the Schiehallion floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the West of Shetland to the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP), one of the largest and most commercially complex North Sea oil and gas developments of the past 20 years.

Initially we managed the successful TUPE of over 100 offshore personnel before reviewing and then reducing the number of individual vendors on the contract, immediately introducing cost-savings for BP. 

We have established a self-managed, onshore support team located within BP’s offices to support core maintenance services.  In our valued partnership with BP we continue to deliver strong safety performance and excellent productivity on its assets, partly through the deployment of a permanent presence on BP’s platforms, but also through our two offshore hazardous area equipment maintenance campaign teams that are rope access qualified. These teams follow an annual schedule across all assets.

In addition to our maintenance scopes on BP’s UK North Sea assets, we also lead and co-ordinate the execution of the Andrew Area Development Outage (production shutdown), where we are responsible for planning and preparation of work-packs that aid the implementation of key work scopes .  We have implemented procedures and method statements to help facilitate efficient completion of shutdown operations. We play a pivotal role in in the management of this shutdown project; driving operations, improving efficiencies and delivering the project plans safely.   

Key facts:

  • the Petrofac maintenance team includes over 100 offshore technicians
  • we have improved scheduling and increased productivity by ensuring all work scopes are accurately planned and co-ordinated and consistently deliver over nine productive hours per day
  • a process to continually review planned maintenance routines ensures accurate estimated hours and job content for all work
  • Petrofac’s forward and future planning programmes provide continuous improvements to scheduling and work flows
  • we work with key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide a streamlined and focused work programme for BP


Petrofac has proven it has the capability to deliver performance improvements and is enabling a step change in the way we carry out maintenance. Notable successes include improvements in background data, the introduction of well planned, highly productive and safely executed campaigns and the introduction of enhanced supervision. We have many challenges ahead in the drive for excellence in the way we deliver maintenance. Our partnership with Petrofac is an important one and I know that it has the capability to help us deliver further step change and improvement in the years ahead.

Trevor Garlick, Regional President, BP North Sea