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Repsol Sinopec chooses Sparrows Group for crane management on North Sea assets

International specialist equipment and integrated engineering services company, Sparrows Group, has secured a three-year contract with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited to provide crane management services across its operating assets in the North Sea.

The award, which was won by competitive tender, will see Sparrows deliver crane operations and maintenance services across 10 of the operator’s assets in the region.

Transfer of the contract to Sparrows will take place in March when the company will commence the delivery of operation, maintenance, engineering and inspection services to ensure the reliability and safety of 38 cranes. The scope includes development and implementation of planned maintenance routines, as well as undertaking planning and risk assessment for all lifting operations.

Sparrows, which has operated in the region for more than 43 years, will oversee all onshore support from its Aberdeen headquarters, including technical and safety audits, and repair and refurbishment work as required.

Repsol Sinopec currently has interests in 52 fields in the UK Continental Shelf and operates 41 of them. It also has 11 offshore installations and two onshore terminals at Flotta and Nigg.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows, commented: “This is an important contract for Sparrows to be awarded in the North Sea, it extends our leading market share position which is a result of the experience and capability we have in our team.

“We have previously supported crane operations and maintenance programmes for the 20 pedestal and 18 gantry cranes on these installations now owned by Repsol Sinopec and we’re pleased to be working on them again. The breadth of knowledge we hold across our operations will allow us to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the cranes in the often-challenging weather conditions and environment associated with the North Sea.”

Sparrows also recently announced a new five-year maintenance contract with Premier Oil across two of its North Sea assets.

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