Petrodec commences decommissioning of Amethyst A2D offshore UK

September 08, 2022

Petrodec, a decommissioning services specialist, has commenced on the decommissioning of the Amethyst A2D platform in the Amethyst gas field in the UK Southern North Sea. For the first time, Petrodec has been granted operator status by the UK OGA.

Amethyst A2D, which was installed in 1989, is currently being made hydrocarbon free and the wells plugged and abandoned.  After the completion of P&A and topside preparations, the work programme consists of skidding the topside off the jacket, sea fastening and rig move for final dismantling in Vlissingen harbour in the Netherlands.

Petrodec is using its own vessel for the entire project, the ERDA, a modified versatile jack-up, replacing the traditional practice of using a drilling rig and heavy lift vessel.

Works on Amethyst A2D follows the successful decommissioning of Amethyst B1D, which was completed in December 2021.

Commenting, Rainier Verhulst, Petrodec’s General Manager, said:

“Over the past three years, Petrodec has established itself as a leading, innovative, provider of decommissioning services. The award of operatorship for the decommissioning of Amethyst A2D by Perenco UK is a major milestone and is testament to our track record of safe and efficient projects and earning the trust of not only our client but also the relevant authorities.”

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