Allseas has won an agreement for “one of the heaviest offshore installation projects in history” with Aker BP for a Norwegian North Sea platform.
The NOA PDQ topsides will stand located more than 124 miles north-west of Stavanger and will function as a hub, with other fields developed as subsea tiebacks
The heavy lift vessel, Pioneering Spirit, is set to undertake this work in 2026.
The new processing platform will have a well bay area and living quarters, and will be operated by Aker BP in the NOAKA area.
The contract award follows the completion of front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for a single-lift transport and installation solution, was tailored to Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit.
The FEED work was carried out by Allseas, in collaboration with Aker BP, between September 2021 and December 2022.
Allseas vice president of projects Matthijs Groenewegen, said: “We are delighted that Aker BP has contracted Allseas to transport and install the NOA PdQ topsides facility. It will be one of the heaviest offshore installation projects in history”.
“Pioneering Spirit’s transport and single-lift capacity is unprecedented in the offshore industry. This contract shows that operators view Pioneering Spirit as a fast, safe, efficient, and sustainable option for the installation of offshore facilities.”
Earlier this year, Allseas secured a contract for what was described at the time as the largest ever single decommissioning contract for the UK North Sea by weight with operator Taqa.
The deal covered the removal and disposal of several platforms across the Northern North Sea, including: Taqa’s Eider Alpha, Tern Alpha, North Cormorant and Cormorant Alpha installations.
The aim of the project was to reuse or recycle a minimum of 95% of the materials from the dismantling process, however Allseas did not disclose where the platforms will be taken for recycling.