Able lands decommissioning contract for Shell's Brent field
BILLINGHAM, United Kingdom -- Able UK has been awarded a contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell operated Brent field in the North Sea.
The contract will see three platform topsides, as well as a 138 m high steel platform jacket, transported from the Brent field over 100 mi north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside. The timing of the arrival of the first topside is subject to further offshore preparation work and regulatory approvals
Able UK Limited managing director Andrew Jacques said, “We are delighted to have been selected to undertake this significant platform decommissioning project. This six-year contract will see the deployment of the very latest techniques and technologies in the recycling of these materials."
About 100 jobs will be created during the 18 month construction of the new quay with the six-year recycling contract itself generating a further 100 new jobs. It is anticipated that over 97 per cent of the structures will be reused or recycled.
The platforms will be individually transported from the Brent field to the River Tees on board the newly-constructed Allseas “Pieter Schelte” vessel, which has been specially designed for single lift installation and removal works.