Bilfinger wins £15m maintenance contract extension with BP Chemicals at Saltend in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jun 2017

Almost 100 jobs have been secured at Saltend after Bilfinger Industrial Services secured a £15m contract with BP Chemicals.

The engineering and maintenance provider has signed a three-year deal with the chemicals giant.

The contract will see Bilfinger provide a range of services at BP's facilities on the 370-acre site, including mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, scaffolding and insulation.

Duncan Hall, executive president of Bilfinger North West Europe, said the agreement will secure about 90 existing jobs at the site.

He said: "The contract is strategically important to our operations in Humberside and further cements our position as a leading engineering services provider to the UK's onshore and offshore energy industries."

Employing 4,000 people in the UK, Bilfinger is one of the world's leading providers of integrated technical services to the process industry and the energy sector, covering the entire lifecycle of industrial plants and oil and gas facilities – from engineering to maintenance.

The business is part of German engineering and service conglomerate, Bilfinger SE group.

The multi-service contract at Saltend extends a previous agreement between Bilfinger and BP, and is for an initial three years, with an option to extend the contract up to 2024.

It comes after Bilfinger won a five-year contract extension with BP to provide maintenance services at the Forties Pipeline System Terminals in Grangemouth and the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland, which secured 210 jobs.

Mr Hall said: "BP is a long term strategic partner for Bilfinger and we've supported them across their upstream and midstream assets for 10 years."The new extension will help us build on our close working relationship with BP, while ensuring their assets on the Saltend complex continue to drive world-class chemicals and renewable energy development at the heart of the UK's Energy Estuary."

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BP is this year celebrating 50 years of operations at Saltend where its facilities now host some of BP's most innovative and cutting-edge operations.

BP owns two acetyls plants, which are the largest producers of acetic acid in Europe. The products BP manufactures at Saltend are shipped worldwide as key building blocks for films, fibres, fabric, food packaging and pharmaceuticals.

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