Port of Cromarty Firth lands first N. Sea decommissioning deal

Port of Cromarty Firth
Port of Cromarty Firth

North Sea oil and gas operator Fairfield Energy has awarded the contract for the subsea infrastructure decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area to a consortium which includes Bibby Offshore and the Port of Cromarty Firth.

The scope of the contract includes the subsea infrastructure associated with the Osprey and Merlin subsea fields and other infrastructure tied back to the Dunlin Alpha Platform.

The contract has been awarded on an engineering, preparation, removal and disposal (EPRD) basis.

The three-year contract, which has a multi-million pound value, has an initial execution window of two years for offshore activities.  Engineering work is due to start immediately, with offshore mobilisation expected in April 2018. 

All materials transported onshore to the Port of Cromarty Firth will be broken down into transferable loads before being transported to the appropriate disposal and recycling locations. These activities will be completed within 12 months of the last offshore shipment arriving in port.

The award of the contract marks the first decommissioning project secured by the deep-water Port of Cromarty Firth.

John Wiseman, Fairfield Energy’s Managing Director, said “Our pioneering team is working at a new frontier to optimise industry solutions whilst developing expertise in the last stage of the oil and gas lifecycle.

“Awarding this contract sets the benchmark for EPRD contracting in the subsea decommissioning arena.”

9 Feb 2018

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