Bibby Offshore wins decommissioning deals with Endeavour Energy and Tullow Oil

Protection mattresses on the back deck of the Bibby Sapphire.
Protection mattresses on the back deck of the Bibby Sapphire.

Aberdeen-based subsea services provider Bibby Offshore has won two £multi-million N. Sea decommissioning contracts.

Endeavour Energy appointed Bibby to perform operations in the Renee and Rubie fields in the central North Sea, approximately 80 miles east of Grampian.

The 60 day agreement involved dive support vessel Bibby Sapphire and construction support vessel Olympic Ares, completing the recovery of subsea equipment including cross-over structures, umbilicals and protection mattresses.

Barry Macleod, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore, said: “Decommissioning work has been a key area of focus for Bibby Offshore for many years and as a result, we have built up a strong track record. Production from the Renee and Rubie fields ceased in 2009 and, following a site survey we completed last October, we were contracted to be part of this extensive project.

“N. Sea decommissioning costs are forecast to reach in excess of £50 billion over the next 35 years. Decommissioning operations in particular are specialist by nature in order to ensure that all materials and often complex infrastructure are removed and disposed of safely and responsibly, with minimal environmental impact.”

Bibby also successfully completed work for Tullow Oil utilising DSV Bibby Topaz to perform decommissioning operations at the Orwell and Wissey subsea installations, including the tie-ins at the Thames and Horne and Wren platforms, in the southern North Sea.

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