Final disposal set for redundant North Sea Ekofisk platform

Statoil has contracted Kværner to recycle the jacket and bridge support for the Ekofisk 2/4S platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has contracted Kværner to recycle the jacket and bridge support for the Ekofisk 2/4S platform in the Norwegian North Sea.

The $10.5 million-plus contract was placed on behalf of decommissioning operator Gassco.

The topsides were removed in 2001, but the jacket and bridge support were left in situ to be dealt with later.

Both are now scheduled to be cut up and recycled in 2014. The jacket weighs 9,000 metric tons (9,921 tons) and the bridge support 2,450 metric tons (2,700 tons).

Gassco says the jacket will be delivered in two sections to Kværner’s recycling facility at Eldøyane on the island of Stord, south of Bergen.

The upper section and the bridge support will be unloaded directly ashore at the yard, while the lower section will be placed on a foundation off the quay for disassembly to land.

3/28/2012

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