Total Exploration and Production UK (TEPUK) has awarded a general maintenance and operations support contract to PBS, a recently formed Aberdeen-based consortium. Total’s Culzean field in the UK North Sea; Source: TotalPonticelli, Brand, and Semco joined forces in 2019 to establish PBS, an integrated services consortium led by Ponticelli, to tender and prepare for the implementation of the general maintenance and operations support project.The contract with Total is effective from 2Q 2020, PBS said on Thursday.Under the terms of the five-year contract, PBS will manage asset integrity, maintenance and reliability, fabric maintenance, shutdowns and modification projects for all Total UK’s operated assets, which currently produce in excess of 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.PBS said it would standardize ways of working across TEPUK assets and make greater use of technology to improve efficiency and reduce operations and engineering costs.Commenting on the contract award on behalf of the PBS consortium, Thierry Le Gangneux, Group Executive Vice-President and Director for Ponticelli UK Limited, said: “This award represents an exciting formation of a new consortium based on shared values, visions and the need for change within the industry.“We have worked with Total previously in Europe and West Africa and this long-standing relationship means we are well positioned and committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient operational support in the delivery of their GMOC in the United Kingdom. By harnessing each of the PBS partners’ specialist capabilities and bringing them together under the consortium, TEPUK will benefit from our decades of collective knowledge and experience from within the wider Ponticelli, Brand and Semco business units.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.