LEIDEN, The Netherlands -- ConocoPhillips has awarded Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) a contract for the engineering, offshore preparation, removal, and onshore recycling of nine platforms in the greater Ekofisk area in the North Sea.
HMC will be the main contractor for the work that will also involve Norwegian demolition and recycling company AF Decom Offshore. The Ekofisk topsides and jackets will be removed and taken to a yard in Vats, Norway, for recycling and disposal. An estimated 96-98% of the material recovered will be recycled by 2014. The award includes several options for removal of further platforms and other installations.
"This award strengthens the excellent relationship between our companies," says Steve Preston, HMC's executive VP commercial. We are looking forward to a continuation of the successful execution of Ekofisk CAT 1. For Heerema Marine Contractors and our key suppliers, it is a further step in demonstrating our ability to deliver the complete service required for such a decommissioning project."
Offshore removal is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. The work will be carried out by HMC's semisubmersible crane vesselsHermod and Thialf.