TechnipFMC, with its Scottish base in Dunfermline’s Pitreavie Business Park [French HQ though], have won what we must assume to be a very large EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract for the huge Lancaster field, west of Shetland, recently discovered by Hurricane Energy:
TechnipFMC have more than 40 000 employees, not all in Dunfermline I guess, and:
‘The contract covers the provision of subsea equipment including umbilicals, risers, flowlines and the subsea production system for the Lancaster Early Production System (EPS) Project. In addition, TechnipFMC will also install the subsea equipment, turret buoy and mooring system. The contract will be executed as an integrated Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (iEPCI) project.’
It’s clear that not enough of the construction work for the North Sea and West of Shetland is done in Scotland so this look like a move in the right direction and follows on from the news in April that the giant Kishorn dry dock which re-opened in August, creating 200 new jobs, will build the turbines for the giant floating windfarm 15km off the coast of Kincardineshire by spring 2018. This looks like being the beginning of the missing link in Scotland’s vibrant renewables sector too – the actual construction of the turbines.