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Bibby Offshore Wins Multi Million Pound Engineering and Diving Support Contract

28 April 2009

Bibby Offshore, the provider of subsea construction, IRM (inspection, repair and maintenance) and offshore operations & maintenance support, has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by Fairfield Energy Ltd.

The contract, for engineering and diving support during Fairfield Energy's 2009 IRM campaign in the Dunlin and Osprey fields, will commence in the third quarter of the year.

Utilising its newest diving support vessel, the Bibby Topaz, Bibby Offshore will carry out the connection of production trees, pre-commissioning works, inspection of risers and various other maintenance related tasks.

The DSV Bibby Topaz is a state-of-the-art dynamically positioned diving support vessel measuring 107m in length. The vessel was purpose built in Norway and delivered into Bibby Offshore's service in April 2008. With a beam of 22m, she has twin diving bells and an 18-man saturated dive system rated to 300m. Featuring a heave compensated 150 tonne crane and a working deck area of 1,000 square metres, Topaz has accommodations for marine and project crew of 106.

All engineering support for this prestigious contract will be carried out from Bibby Offshore's engineering facility at the Nord Centre in Aberdeen.

Commenting, senior client account manager, David Sheret, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Fairfield to undertake this project. Bibby Offshore was the first subsea construction contractor to undertake work for Fairfield on the Dunlin asset and the safe and successful completion of that project in 2008 was absolutely key to us securing this latest contract award.

“It is very pleasing for us as a dynamic and growing company to have the opportunity to work with a like-minded and progressive organisation such as Fairfield Energy again and we look forward to strengthening our working relationship in the months and years to come.”

Fairfield subsea engineering manager, Stephen Sapp, said; “Bibby Offshore provided a very flexible and efficient solution to the program required in 2008 shortly after the transfer of the Dunlin asset. With the 2009 scope of work I look forward to building on the relationships established on the previous project. The timely and safe delivery of the Osprey works is a key element to Fairfield's 2009 business plan and we look to forward to achieving this in conjunction with the team at Bibby Offshore.”

Bibby Offshore was established in 2003. The company, which employs some 140 staff, has engineering and office facilities throughout Aberdeen, Newcastle and Trinidad. For further information please visit