Posted on Wednesday 14 January 2015 by Ulster Business

Harland and wolff wins contract to refurbish oil platform

The Byford Dolphin in Harland and Wolff’s dry dock pictured in 2004 when it was last in the yard.

Harland and Wolff is taking on 60 new permanent staff after winning a contract to refit a mobile oil and gas drilling platform.

It will be employing skilled manual workers, those in operations management as well as design engineers, general managers, senior managers and directors to work on the Byford Dolphin Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit.

It’s owned by Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling and is a sister vessel of the Blackford Dolphin which Harland and Wolff worked on until early last year.

“We are pleased to build upon the relationship with Harland and Wolff following the work completed on the Blackford Dolphin and look forward to delivering the Byford back into service following a successful renewal survey on time and within budget,” Graeme Murray, Managing Director of Dolphin Drilling Limited, said.

The Byford Dolphin was last in the yard in 2004/2005 and is back to have a number of “major modifications and upgrades”.

Director of Ship and Offshore Unit Repair James Lappin said the contract will offer a boost for Harland and Wolff as well as those companies which supply the yard and the wider economy

‘As well as employment opportunities, the supply chain within Northern Ireland will see significant activity in support of the project,” he said. “Local engineering firms will have subcontract opportunities for manufacture and supply of services, suppliers will provide vast quantities of materials, hotels and hospitality will accommodate the hundreds of specialist sub-contractors that follow these large contracts, wherever they are awarded.   

“In short, tens of millions of pounds will flow through the local economy.’

Chief Executive Officer, Robert Cooper, said the expansion of the firm's headcount is testament to its growing business in the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

"We are pleased to continue our investment in the strength, capability and capacity of our company. The expectations of our customers are of utmost importance to us, and this investment demonstrates our commitment to meeting those expectations."

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