§ Mr. Hepburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of the Buzzard oil field contract is; which companies tendered for the contract; what the country of origin of each company is; and which company won the bid. 
§ Mr. Timms
EnCana (UK) Ltd., Operator of the North Sea Buzzard oil field, anticipates that development costs on the project will be around £1.35 billion. There is no single contract to develop this field and the operator, solely responsible for project586W procurement, is still engaged in the process of awarding more than 200 separate contracts to suppliers from the UK, the wider EU and elsewhere.
EnCana advise however that UK-owned and UK-based companies have already won around two thirds of over £500 million worth of major contracts awarded on the project. I am pleased to acknowledge the successes of these companies who have again proved themselves competitive internationally. I am also advised that UK-based companies are likely to win yet more work from the contracts currently being tendered.
The following list gives an indication, in respect of some of the major contracts awarded thus far, of the operational location of those tendering and identifies successful companies. Values of individual tenders, and of contracts placed, are still considered commercially sensitive by the operator EnCana.
Service/Company Operational country Award date Front End Studies Granherne UK Genesis UK January 2002 Engineering Design John Brown UK August 2002 Brown and Root UK AMEC UK Jackets Aker Kvaerner Norway September 2003 Dragados Spain Heerema Holland SLP UK—only tendered the smallest jacket Wellhead Topsides Heerema (Hartlepool) UK SLP UK McNulty Offshore UK Burntisland Fabricators UK November 2003 Swan Hunter UK HBG Holland BLADT Denmark Production Deck AMEC UK Dragados Spain December 2003 Aker Kvaerner Norway Heerema (Hartlepool) UK Utilities and Quarters Deck AMEC UK Dragados Spain Aker Kvaerner Norway Heerema (Hartlepool) UK December 2003