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Wood Group PSN secures 500 North Sea jobs with Shell deal

The Brent Alpha platform.
The Brent Alpha platform.

Oil services company Wood Group PSN has been awarded a three-year contract across Shell’s North Sea offshore assets, safeguarding 500 jobs.

The Aberdeen-based firm will continue to deliver maintenance and construction services to the Shearwater, Gannet, Nelson, Curlew, Brent Delta, Brent Alpha, Brent Bravo and Brent Charlie installations in the UK Continental Shelf.

It will also provide engineering modifications to Brent’s Alpha, Bravo and Charlie platforms.

Two, one year extension options are included in the contract which starts immediately. It is the third contract Shell has awarded Wood Group this year.

In March Wood Group PSN announced a new three year contract, with an option for another four years, to deliver industrial services to the St Fergus gas processing plant in Aberdeenshire and the Mossmorran gas processing plant and Braefoot Bay marine terminal in Fife.

In January, Wood Group Kenny commenced a three year specialist consultancy services contract for flexible riser integrity management for Shell Australia’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas project.

James Crawford, Wood Group PSN’s managing director for the UK and Africa, said the latest contract safeguards long-term employment opportunities for the firm’s employees on the assets, and builds on Wood Group’s 40 year history working with Shell in the North Sea.

He continued: “We will maintain our relentless, firm focus on optimising safety and productivity, leveraging Wood Group’s breadth of expertise, capabilities and robust knowledge of these assets, as we continue our strong relationship with this key client.”

On Wednesday parent firm Wood Group announced consultations on up to 300 redundancies within 1,000 of its onshore employees around the UK in response to “continuing cost and efficiency challenges affecting the oil and gas sector”.

Wood Group employs about 6,200 people onshore in the UK.

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