Sparrows Group and SPIE Oil & Gas Services have received crane maintenance contract for $10bn Moho Nord development project, offshore Congo.

Under the deal, the companies will provide maintenance, inspection and testing services on five pedestal cranes on the development’s Likouf floating production unit (FPU) and tension leg platform (TLP) for three years.

The work on the project is expected to start in the third quarter of this year, which will be managed by SPIE. Sparrows will provide expert specialist technical personnel required for the project.

In August 2016, Sparrows had announced partnership with SPIE to develop a collective service offering across Africa.

The contract will include the assessment of existing plans, comprising of inspection and testing of all cranes with corrective maintenance and spare parts.

Sparrows CEO Stewart Mitchell said: “We have operated successfully in West Africa for several years however this is the first significant contract we have secured in the Congo.”

SPIE Oil & Gas Services general manager Richard Masson said: “Our partnership with Sparrows enables us to provide the highest standards in safety and operational reliability on all crane operations and maintenance work.”

Moho Nord subsea project is located around 75km off the coast of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. It is the first deepwater offshore project in Congo at water depths ranging between 650m and 1,100m.

Moho Nord is the latest project being developed in the Moho-Bilondo licence, 53.5% of which is owned by its operator Total E&P Congo, a subsidiary of Total.

Chevron and the Congolese state-owned oil company SNPC hold 31.5% and 15% interest respectively in the licence area.

The Moho Nord joint development project includes two developments, namely Moho Bilondo Phase 1bis and Moho Nord.

Phase 1B targeted additional reserves in the southern portion, whereas Moho Nord traces new reserves in the northern portion of the licence area.

Image: Sparrows and SPIE will offer maintenance, inspection and testing services on five pedestal cranes for Moho Nord development project. Photo: courtesy of Sparrows Offshore Group Limited.