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UK dismantler to scrap offshore gas platforms

Vessel and oil drilling platform dismantler Able UK has been awarded the contract to recycle and dispose of natural gas platforms from the Sable Offshore Energy Project (SOEP) operated by ExxonMobil Canada off the coast of Nova Scotia.

The project will be managed by the Able Seaton Port facility on the River Tees in north-east England and the first shipment of the structures is scheduled to arrive there in the second quarter of 2020.

‘This contract reflects our reputation and the expertise we have built up over many years as leaders in the rapidly developing offshore decommissioning sector,’ says Able UK ceo Peter Stephenson.

Huge floating crane

The project will involve the removal of seven platforms and their jackets using one of the biggest crane vessels in the world, the Heerema Thialf, with the components being transported to Able Seaton Port by barge. The onshore dismantling, recycling and disposal work is due to be completed within ten months.

Able UK’s record of undertaking complex offshore decommissioning projects stretches back more than 30 years, with the company handling work for what it calls ‘most major operators’ in the oil and gas sectors.

Able UK was appointed by Netherlands-based Heerema Marine Contractors which has been contracted by ExxonMobil to remove the platforms.

More jobs waiting

Work is already underway at Able Seaton Port on the 24 000 tonnes Shell Brent Delta platform, which arrived at the facility in May 2017 following the construction of Able UK’s new ASP Quay Six work area.

Two more platforms from the Brent oil field in the North Sea are scheduled to arrive, with the Brent Bravo expected in May 2019 and the Brent Alpha a year later.

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