Saipem tapped for Miller decommissioning in the North Sea
Saipem Ltd. has won a contract for the decommissioning of the topsides and jacket of BP’s Miller platform in the UK central North Sea.
The semisubmersible crane vesselSaipem 7000 will be used. Equipped with a dynamic positioning system, has a 14,000-metric ton lifting capacity, and is capable of laying subsea pipelines in ultra-deepwaters.
The use of theSaipem 7000 for projects such as the Miller project eliminates the need for additional cargo barges and allows operations to be conducted in a safer manner and in a less restrictive weather window, Saipem said.
Over the last decade, the company has performed a variety of decommissioning projects, including theFrigg field decommissioning and, more recently, the removal of the Ekofisk 2/4 S jacket and the Ekofisk 2/4 G bridge.