The facility, which began operations in 1976, was the first of its type in the Romanian sector of the Black Sea.
Local contractor GSP Offshore will manage the decommissioning program, the first of its type in the sector, under a Eu5-million ($5.58-million) contract.
“We will continue to operate the other six offshore production platforms, which provide over 16% of the group’s production,” said Peter Zeilinger, member of OMV Petrom Executive Board responsible for Upstream.
The platform was constructed built based on a license from Offshore Co., USA.
Between 1976 and 1986, it operated as a drilling rig, drilling 17 wells with a total combined length of around 50,000 m (164,041 ft). In 1980, it drilled the Lebada 8 well, Romania’s first commercial offshore hydrocarbon discovery.
From 1987-1998, it served as a production platform for Lebada East, Romania’s first developed field offshore.
Since then, it has remained in its current location, 30 km (18.6 mi) from the shore in 40 m (131) water depth as a production platform. Current output is around 200 b/d.