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A new partnership between Ashtead Technology, an integrated subsea technology and services specialist, and inspection and asset integrity company Ocean Atlantic Petroleum SA (OAP) has, after successfully executing its first marine services project in West Africa, received awards for further work in the region.

Leveraging their joint capabilities, Ashtead Technology has completed a multi-asset, class-approved mooring inspection campaign for Total E&P Angola in the Girassol and Dalia fields, and has been awarded further work in the Pazflor and CLOV fields.

The underwater inspection scope, which will avoid the need for drydocking, combines Ashtead Technology’s visual inspection, chain cleaning, measurement and 3D modelling technologies, with OAP’s team of experienced offshore technical personnel. OAP’s operations base in the country’s capital city of Luanda will be used to store and maintain the equipment.

“Coronavirus-related travel restrictions have added an extra logistical challenge,” commented David Mair, Business Development Director of Ashtead Technology. “By teaming up with OAP we have solved the problem and can continue to deliver a high quality, reliable service on schedule and within budget,” Mair added.

“This aligns with our overarching strategic focus for West Africa, which centres on providing a broader asset integrity service to clients and supporting local content objectives,” Mair added.

A formidable partnership for the future

Headquartered in Aberdeen, the UK, Ashtead Technology has nine facilities in energy hubs around the world. It has one of the largest equipment fleets in the subsea supply chain coupled with the R&D capabilities to develop bespoke solutions.

Established in 2014, OAP provides a variety of technical services to the Angolan energy sector, including subsea inspection and asset integrity. OAP’s knowledge of the Angola market and in-country technical expertise makes them the ideal partner to support the partnership’s growth ambitions in Angola.

Benoit Peyrichout, Managing Director of OAP SA, said, “Our partnership with Ashtead Technology has created the perfect marriage and a very compelling business proposition for clients in Angola.”

"With our local facilities and strong technical expertise forged with Ashtead’s engineering capabilities and fleet of technologies, we are ideally placed to win further awards and expand both businesses in the future.”

Winning the campaign for Total E&P Angola straight off the bat underlines the strength of the combined offering to operators in the region and indicates there could be much more to come from this partnership in the future.