Hundreds of new jobs are to be created after a Wallsend shipyard secured a North Sea oil and gas contract.
Offshore engineering, procurement and construction specialist OGN Group, has landed a multi-million pound contract with independent UK oil and gas company EnQuest.
It will lead to the creation of 600 new project jobs at its North Tyneside facility.
In addition it is expected the project will support in the region of 250 supply chain jobs.
OGN will undertake finishing and commissioning works on the EnQuest Producer, a 249m long floating production, storage and offloading vessel.
The EnQuest Producer recently arrived at OGN’s Hadrian Yard in Wallsend.
Upon completion of the works, the vessel will be deployed to the Alma/Galia field in the North Sea.
David Edwards, chief executive officer at OGN Group, said: “The awarding of this contract is a major endorsement for the UK’s oil and gas supply chain and, in particular, OGN Group’s ability to deliver on a project of this scale.
“We are proud to welcome the EnQuest Producer to Tyneside.
“Utilising a specialist UK EPC contractor highlights that this country has the skills and capacity to support operators, such as EnQuest, in the development of prominent oil and gas projects.
“This project will have a significant impact on the north east economy, particularly in terms of creating employment and providing opportunities for the region’s high quality supply chain.
“With Wallsend’s proud shipbuilding history, it’s quite moving to see a vessel of this size and scale docked at Hadrian Yard.
“It sends a clear signal that this region still has much to offer the global energy industry.”