Wood Group has secured a new contract from Maersk to provide mechanical and management services for the hook-up and commissioning of the Culzean gas condensate field in the UK central North Sea.

The three-year contract has been awarded for the project to support the new three platform, high pressure and high temperature (HPHT) development, which is expected to commence production in 2019.  

The new project is expected to provide employment to around 200 people during peak stages.

Wood Group’s Eastern region asset life cycle Solutions business CEO Dave Stewart said: “Maersk’s decision to award us this new contract to support them in this significant North Sea development reflects their confidence and assurance in our ability to deliver our broad technical solutions safely, efficiently and effectively.

 “We will bring our strong, global experience and expertise in the execution of hooks-ups to the project, where our focus will be working in close collaboration with Maersk towards its successful delivery.”

The Culzean gas condensate field, which was discovered in 2008 by Maersk Oil and its co-venturers, is expected to have up to 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

With plateau production between 60,000 and 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, the production at the field is expected to begin in 2019.

Maersk Oil and its co-venturers, JX Nippon and BP (Britoil) are investing around $4.5bn in the development, with more than 50% committed to investments in the UK.

The HPHT field expected to produce enough gas to meet 5% of total UK demand at peak production in 2020/21.