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Sparrows Group secures three year Ichthys contract

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Sparrows Group has secured a three year contract to deliver fixed crane maintenance and lifting and rigging services for the INPEX-operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia.

The agreement is the latest in a series of significant business wins for Sparrows and will see the company’s teams in Perth and Darwin, Australia, support activities across the state of the art Ichthys onshore LNG facility at Bladin Point, the offshore central processing facility Ichthys Explorer and the Ichthys Venturer FPSO.

The scope encompasses maintenance, servicing and inspection of lifting equipment and cranes, the supply of lifting equipment, spare parts and materials; and technical and engineering support.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows, said: “We have experienced a very positive first quarter, securing a number of contracts for high-profile, large-scale projects in the onshore, offshore and renewables sectors around the globe.

“The Ichthys LNG Project incorporates some of the world’s biggest and most advanced offshore facilities off the Western Australian coast and massive onshore processing facilities in the Northern Territory. We are extremely proud to be awarded this work.”

Located approximately 220 km offshore Western Australia, the Ichthys Field represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in more than 40 years. The Ichthys LNG Project is currently in construction and is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world.

Ichthys is expected to produce 8.9 million t of LNG and 1.6 million t of LPG per annum, in addition to more than 100 000 bbls of condensate per day at peak.

Sparrows announced last month that it had secured a five-year deal with Maersk Oil UK for the supply of hydraulic, lifting and rigging services. Since the start of the year the Group has also won the contract to provide services for ScottishPower Renewables’s East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, announced a three-year deal to provide crane management services at the Kraken field, East of Sheltand; and renewed a mechanical handling and crane management pact with BP for an initial five years.

The value of the Ichthys contract, which is for three years plus two one year options, was not disclosed.

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