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Aberdeen firm Wood Group secures $50m North Sea deal

Computer generated image of the Golden Eagle development
Image caption Golden Eagle will feature two platforms linked by a 70m bridge

Energy services provider Wood Group has won a $50m (£31m) contract for a major UK North Sea development.

The Aberdeen-based firm's brownfield services division will hook-up and commission the Golden Eagle Area Development (GEAD) project on behalf of Nexen Petroleum UK.

Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) will provide management, labour, materials, services and equipment for the project.

First oil is expected to flow from the field in late 2014.

Golden Eagle, which lies about 68 miles north east of Aberdeen, will include two platforms connected by a 70m bridge.

WGPSN will employ about 100 personnel to service the contract from its headquarters in Aberdeen.

UK managing director Dave Stewart said: "This is a key project for WGPSN and we are very proud to have been selected by Nexen to provide support to one of the most significant offshore developments in the UKCS."

WGPSN has previously delivered hook-up and commissioning services for the Buzzard platform enhancement project in the UK North Sea.

WGPSN subsidiary Wood Group ODL was also recently awarded a contract by Nexen to deliver documentation and training systems for the GEAD project.

In the UK, WGPSN now employs more than 8,000 people onshore and offshore.

The company has UK offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Runcorn and Hull.

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