MCS Group is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with EnergyPathways plc and Mermaid Subsea Services (UK) Ltd, through its UK subsidiary MCS Subsea Solutions, to advance the development of the Marram field.

Under the terms of the MoU signed on February 9, Mermaid and MCS Group have agreed to jointly undertake FEED, project support, procurement and offshore construction services to EnergyPathways, the owner and operator of the East Irish Sea project.

As part of the work scope, EnergyPathways has already contracted with MCS and Mermaid in respect of initial work orders, the results of which will allow the company to define the scope of the final contract in due course.

Marram represents the first UKCS development on which MCS and Mermaid will collaborate from FEED to commissioning and deploy proven technology that can reduce development costs and delivery cycles.

MCS and Mermaid specifically plan to access fit for purpose vessel solutions and use the NOV Tuboscope Zap-Lok™, a mechanical interference fit connection system, for the submarine pipeline, a globally proven and approved technology since the early 1990’s with more than 7500km of pipeline installed using the connector. It has been shown to save up to 40% in pipeline installation costs in shallow water relative to other approaches.

The Marram development plan will also facilitate the use of the diverless connection systems for shallow water, thus reducing the risks associated with the use of divers for the pipeline tie-in operations.

Alasdair Cowie, MCS Group Business Development Director, said “The collaboration between MCS Group, Mermaid Subsea and EnergyPathways not only highlights our technical capabilities, but also underscores the commitment to providing reliable and cost-effective solutions for the offshore energy sector. This, we plan, to be our first pipeline installation project in the UKCS deploying the Zap-Lok™ mechanical connector and our SDDC diverless connection system, following successful deployment by our subsidiary Cortez Subsea in 2020 offshore Malaysia.”

Scott Cormack, Regional Director for Mermaid Subsea Services UK, said: “Delivering on the UK Government’s strategy of Maximising Economic Recovery of offshore oil and gas reserves, while also ensuring an orderly transition to net zero, is core to Mermaid’s business, and this MoU is further evidence of that. Marram is a low emission, high reward field, and we look forward to working with EnergyPathways and MCS to make this project a reality.”

EnergyPathways is the operator of Marram, which is a short cycle low emission gas field, and is progressing the project towards Final Investment Decision (“FID”). The project concept envisages a simple low-cost 2 well subsea tieback development with first production targeted for 2025.

Commenting on the signing of the MOU, EnergyPathways’ CEO Ben Clube said: “The signing of this MoU is an important step in ensuring the necessary subsea expertise and project support capabilities are in place to deliver the Marram Project utilising cost-effective and timely project delivery solutions. The Marram Project will provide affordable and reliable low emission energy to the UK market, while offering security of energy supply and commercial returns to our investors” 

About MCS Group: 

MCS Group is an underwater technology solutions company which consists of three technology-focused and complimentary businesses – MCS, DeepTech and Cortez Subsea. The three companies work together to offer data management, inspection, and survey, ROV services and intervention and pipelines and tie-ins. All are underpinned by our Innovation House, which develops and commercialises underwater technology for the energy sector.

MCS Group has five office locations in the UK, Egypt, UAE, Qatar and Malaysia and delivers projects in more than 25 countries globally. 

From L-R: Graeme Marks, Director & Co-Founder, EnergyPathways; Scott Cormack, Regional Director, Mermaid Subsea Services UK; and Charlie Hughes, Pipelay Services Manager, MCS Group.