EMPIRE Oil & Gas has extended Upstream Production Solutions’ (UPS) operations and maintenance contract for its Red Gully gas-condensate facility in Western Australia.

Empire said it expected to save about $800,000 per year under the new contract, awarded under an open bid tender process.

UPS will provide site-based operations and maintenance personnel for a fixed two-year term that started on 23 September, though the contract has options for two 12 month fixed term extensions.

Employee numbers can also be increased under the contract to reflect plant expansions at Red Gully or new production hubs.

UPS managing director Joe Corvetti said the company had worked with Empire since the Red Gully plant was commissioned in 2012.

“We welcome the entry into a further contract with Empire, having successfully worked together to improve the efficiency of the operation since its inception,” he said.

Managing director of UPS parent company GR Engineering, Geoff Jones, said he was pleased to see UPS retain its core clients during a period of challenging market conditions.