Decommissioning duo

Bibby Offshore has delivered two multimillion-pound decommissioning contracts to the UK Continental Shelf in 2015. As Barry Macleod, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore UKCS explained: “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.

“UKCS 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.”

Endeavour Energy appointed Bibby Offshore to perform operations in the Renee and Rubie fields located in blocks 15/27 and 15/28 of the Central North Sea, approximately 115km east of Aberdeen. The 60 day agreement, which was completed in Q3 of this year, involved Bibby Offshore’s dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Sapphire and construction support vessel Olympic Ares, completing the recovery of subsea equipment including cross-over structures, umbilicals and protection mattresses.

Bibby Offshore also successfully completed work for Tullow Oil SK(TOSK) throughout April and May 2015, 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 block 49/28 of the Southern North Sea.

Issue 125 October 2015