By John Lee.
Energy-focused health and safety specialist Cresent has become the largest Control of Work (CoW) provider in Iraq after winning a contract worth $1.7 million with Russian oil company, LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd.
The contract will involve Aberdeen-based Cresent delivering an electronic version of its flagship CoW system WorkSafe® across the second phase of the West Qurna Field. The firm will supply the software in Arabic, English and Russian.
Cresent will also be tasked with delivering training for LUKOIL personnel in the run-up to the system going live in November this year. A support and maintenance contract for a three-year period following the system launch is in place.
The new project comes less than a year after Cresent rolled out a similar contract at the nearby Rumaila field. Managing director Tracie Watson (pictured) says Cresent’s previous experience in training Iraqi contractors will ensure that LUKOIL has a smooth transition onto the new system.
"Our challenge in terms of Rumaila was to successfully manage a complete change of mind set in relation to the attitude towards Control of Work and therefore to encourage a safer working environment.
"We are confident that the implementation of the LUKOIL system will be as successful as previous contracts delivered in the region. This new contract builds on the package of work that we have already successfully delivered elsewhere in Iraq.
"However, the system that LUKOIL will be implementing does involve some additional functionality as it will require the integration of WorkSafe® into another software package and LUKOIL’s on-site CCTV system.
"While off the shelf versions are available, one of the most significant features of WorkSafe® is that it allows for bespoke versions to be created. This ensures that Cresent can respond to the needs of the client and their business objectives, regardless of location or the complexity of the operational need.
"This contract consolidates Cresent’s position as the largest CoW provider in Iraq. The Middle East market performed exceptionally well for Cresent over the past two years and we believe the region will continue to deliver significant results for the foreseeable future."
The launch of the pioneering WorkSafe® system, which is also available in a paper-based format, has been a key milestone in Cresent’s recent history. The CoW system, which enables operators to make significant safety improvements, has been translated into 10 different languages, and is used on both onshore and offshore assets around the globe.