UK-based engineering and project management company AMEC has received a GBP68m contract from BP and its partners, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron, to provide the hook up and commissioning services (HUC) for the two new Clair Ridge platforms in the North Sea.

The current work, which is expected to continue until March 2016, has been undertaken following the completion of the engineering and project management services for the Clair Ridge project.

As part of the contract, AMEC and its commissioning and completions specialist business qedi will provide HUC services for the construction and installation phase of two new bridge-linked platforms.

It will also involve new production, accommodation and drilling facilities, alongside tying the subsea pipelines into the existing export systems.

AMEC will commission both platforms with advanced technology and processes to improve their efficiency and cut down environmental impact.

The company will reduce offshore commissioning activity in the harsh cold of West of Shetland by increasing the amount of onshore commissioning process, which will further increase production and reduce flaring.

The two new platforms, which are scheduled to be installed in 2015, will commence production in 2016.

BP has invested £4.5bn in the offshore field, which will produce 640 million barrels of recoverable oil and up to 120,000 barrels per day at peak, to extend its life to 2050.

About 800 AMEC and qedi technical experts in the UK will be deployed to carry out the work during its peak.