ABERDEEN, U.K. — Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. PJSC (TAQA) has completed a platform removal campaign at the Brae Field complex in the U.K. central North Sea.
Heerema Marine Contractors and AF Offshore Decom (the HAF consortium) managed the operation on TAQA’s behalf.
The Sleipnir semisubmersible crane vessel removed the 1,000-metric ton Brae Alpha West Drilling Rig 1 in a single lift before transferring to Brae Bravo to lift the 11,000-metric-ton upper main jacket.
Both structures have since been delivered to the AFOD Environmental Base in Vats, Norway, for reuse/recycling of 95% or more of the material, expected to be completed in 2023.
The Brae Bravo topsides modules and flare bridge, jacket and tower were removed last summer.
Donald Taylor, TAQA’s managing director for Europe, said, “By adopting valuable lessons learned during last year’s successful Brae Bravo topside removal campaign, we are continuing to develop our skills and capabilities supporting the transition from operations to removals and disposal.”
Prior to cessation of production in 2018, Brae Bravo produced more than 500 MMboe over a 33-year period. Brae Alpha started production in 1983 and remains in operation.