NCA secures abandonment and decommissioning contracts

Norse Cutting & Abandonment AS (NCA) has signed three major contracts for plug and abandonment and decommissioning work in the North Sea and the Middle East.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER -- Norse Cutting & Abandonment AS (NCA) has signed three major contracts for plug and abandonment and decommissioning work in the North Sea and the Middle East. The contracts with BP in the North Sea, Heerema Marine Contractors in the Netherlands, and an unnamed oil company in the Middle East have a total value of more than $14 million over three years.

The BP contract calls for the removal of 22 wells on the Miller platform. The work includes engineering, planning, and offshore removal work, and will involve the cutting of all casing and conductors at the seabed, pulling, sectioning and laying out the conductors on deck for transport to shore. Engineering has started and offshore work is planned for the second quarter.

The Heerema contract is for subsea cutting on the Ekofisk removal project which will involve subsea internal and external cutting of piles and jacket legs. The offshore work will be carried out in the summer seasons starting this spring.

In the Middle East, NCA secured a long-term contract for the provision of offshore conductor slot recovery services. The contract includes abandonment of old platform wells and the provision of conductor whipstocks for installation of new wells.

01/21/2009

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