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Centrica Awards BRIL contract worth up to £40million in biggest deal to date

Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL) has successfully secured a contract with the potential of a seven year commitment. Centrica Energy has awarded a three year contract with two, two year extension options, worth up to £40million. It is the largest Inspection, Repair & Maintenance (IRM) contract Centrica has ever awarded.

The contract, due to start this month and possibly extending as far as 2020, with BRIL’s Survey, IRM division and Bibby Offshore’s (BOL) diving services, will create 10 new onshore jobs in Aberdeen and up to 40 offshore.

The company will provide Centrica Energy with all onshore and offshore support functions for both remote operated vehicles (ROV’s) and diving support vessels (DSV). The work will include full pipeline survey activities, structural inspection as well as a multitude of intervention, maintenance and repair activities. The project will cover the Northern, Southern, Central and East Irish Sea as well as Dutch regions and potentially Trinidad.

BRIL managing director, Mike Arnold, said: “This is a significant contract win and really showcases the impressive level of work and resources BRIL can provide. The scope of work includes the provision of both DSV and ROV support across Centrica's global assets. Centrica tendered for separate DSV and ROVSV contracts but elected to award this to a single source, which would view and deliver this contract as its core business. BRIL was successful due to its established reputation in the provision of remote intervention, diving and project services.

“We are immensely pleased with the level of confidence shown by Centrica as a major global operator in our ability to deliver new and innovative solutions.

“2013 has been an incredibly successful year so far, with the recent addition of the multi-purpose offshore vessel “Toisa Warrior” to our fleet – the company’s first long term charter. Staff numbers have also soared with BRIL now boasting over 60 offshore and more than 30 onshore, with future recruitment plans in place.”

Trevor Thomson, head of engineering at Centrica Energy, said: "Centrica Energy is committed to securing the future of our assets and maximizing recovery in exploration and production across our portfolio.  The specialist support we receive from the diverse supply chain in the North Sea and beyond will continue to play a key role in our successes.

"At Centrica Energy we continue to make significant investments not only in our own people, also the capabilities of our contractors. We are looking forward to working with BRIL on new and existing drilling and production campaigns as we target global production of 100mmboe (million barrels of oil equivalent) in the next few years."

BRIL was established at the end of 2011 to manage the increased market demand for ROV services and has since expanded to support the company’s own vessels and diver-less intervention services to external clients.

BRIL and BOL, part of Bibby Offshore, has grown from 10 employees in 2003 to now employing 1,000 people onshore and offshore worldwide, with offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Singapore and Trinidad. The company has an international fleet of six subsea support vessels including the most modern fleet of DSVs in the North Sea.