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Centrica Energy awards subsea firm Bibby £40m contract

Bril engineers inspecting a remotely operated vehicle on board one of Bibby Offshore’s vessels.
Image caption Bibby will provide Centrica with a range of services including maintenance and repairs

Energy giant Centrica has awarded an inspection, repair and maintenance contract worth up to £40m to Aberdeen-based subsea specialist Bibby Remote Intervention Limited.

Under the deal, Bibby will provide onshore and offshore support for remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and diving support vessels.

A total of 10 jobs will be created in Aberdeen, as well as 40 offshore posts.

Bibby said it was the largest contract of its kind awarded by Centrica.

It will run for at least three years, possibly extending as far as 2020.

The work will include full pipeline surveys, structural inspection as well as intervention, maintenance and repair activities.

The project will cover the Northern, Southern, Central and East Irish Sea, as well as Dutch regions and potentially Trinidad.

Centrica Energy head of engineering Trevor Thomson said: "At Centrica Energy we continue to make significant investments not only in our own people, also the capabilities of our contractors.

"We are looking forward to working with BRIL on new and existing drilling and production campaigns as we target global production of 100mmboe (million barrels of oil equivalent) in the next few years."

Bibby Remote Intervention Limited, which is a division of Bibby Offshore, was established at the end of 2011 to manage the increased market demand for ROV services.

It has since expanded to support the company's own vessels and diver-less intervention services to external clients.

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