Contract joy for Heerema

A HARTLEPOOL fabrication yard has won a major contract to construct a 750-ton platform for a North Sea oil project.

More jobs are expected to be created at Heerema Hartlepool, in Greenland Road, after it was announced as one of six British firms to clinch work under the £700m BP scheme to develop the Kinnoull reservoir in the central North Sea.

At its peak, 45,000 barrels a day will be exported via a system which will bring the product through the CATS pipeline system in the Tees Valley.

No details have been released so far on how many new jobs will be created in Hartlepool.

But Trevor Garlick, region president for BP’s North Sea business, said “At its peak the project will create employment for over 1,000 people in the UK.”

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “It is excellent news. Heerema is one of Hartlepool’s more well-known companies and it has an excellent history for delivering contracts for the oil industry.

“For a company like BP, which is one of the biggest in the world, to put its faith in Heerema, in Hartlepool, that is great news.”

Charles Hendry, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “With around 90 per cent of the development involving UK firms, this is a real big win for our domestic supply chain and shows that the thriving North Sea oil and gas sector continues to deliver economic benefit.”

The latest news is another major boost for Heerema which clinched a major deal earlier this year to safeguard jobs and create 190 new ones.

Heerema Hartlepool secured a contract to build a platform for a gas field off the Yorkshire coast, continuing its links with Centrica – the energy company behind the gas field project.

Remco van Gilst, the vice president of business development and sales in the Heerema Fabrication Group (HFG), said that deal at the Heerema Hartlepool yard would “secure jobs until mid 2012”.

At the time Heerema employed 237 people at the Hartlepool site with another 190 needed for the Centrica project.