Able to dismantle North Sea Brent platform structures

Able UK has won a six-year contract to dispose of four offshore structures from the Shell-operated Brent field in the UK northern North Sea.

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BILLINGHAM, UK – Able UK has won a six-year contract to dispose of four offshore structures from the Shell-operated Brent field in the UK northern North Sea.

Shell is decommissioning the four-platform Brent complex in stages. Able will receive three platform topsides and a 138-m (453-ft) high steel platform jacket, transported from the field more than 100 mi (161 km) northeast of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside, northeast England.

Timing of the arrival of the first topside is subject to additional offshore preparation work and regulatory approvals.

Able UK managing director Andrew Jacques said the company will deploy the latest techniques and technologies for recycling of the materials. The company aims to achieve 97% re-use or recycling of the structures.

The topsides and jacket will be transported individually from the Brent field to the River Tees on Allseas new single-lift/removal vesselPieter Schelte.

Able plans to construct what it claims will be one of Europe’s heaviest load bearing quays (60 tons/sq m) along with associated infrastructure at the northern end of the dry dock at Able Seaton Port to receive the structures. This will allow them to be shipped to the new quay for dismantling.

Earlier this month the company ordered from Liebherr what it says will be the UK’s largest harbor crane. The LHM600SHL mobile crane will be upgraded for use for in handling a wide range of components, and maintaining offshore oil and gas drilling rigs.

02/12/2014

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