Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Shell awards Brent Bravo decom work

Shell's Brent Bravo platform
Shell's Brent Bravo platform

Shell today awarded a decommissioning contract to support the upcoming single lift of its Brent Bravo topside in the North Sea.

It comes after the oil super major successfully completed the single lift of its iconic Brent Delta topside.

The mammoth Pioneering Spirit completed the task before it was delivered to Able UK’s yard, where it will be dismantled and recycled.

Watch the video here.

The huge, twin-hulled Pioneering Spirit vessel set a world lifting record earlier this month when it picked the 24,000-tonne topside up off its three concrete legs in the North Sea.

The ship sailed to Teesside where it put the structure on a barge for transfer onto a purpose-built quay.

Delta ceased production in 2011, followed by the Alpha and Bravo platforms in 2014.

Wood Group won the work to support Shell in the decommissioning of its Brent Bravo.

Effective immediately, Wood Group will prepare the platform for removal via single lift methodology. This includes conductor removal, structural strengthening and installation of under deck lift points, in addition to the modifications required to enable the platform to operate on minimum manning mode.

Dave Stewart, chief executive for Wood Group’s Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in the Eastern region, said: “We have over four decades of experience supporting Shell’s Brent field and this new contract clearly demonstrates our client’s trust in our consistent delivery of innovative and efficient technical services that have been designed for offshore decommissioning challenges.

“We will leverage our learnings from the delivery of the Brent Delta decommissioning scope. Our commitment is to continuing to work in partnership with Shell to ensure the safe, cost efficient and timely execution of the contract.”

Brent Bravo’s lift is expected to take place in the coming months.

Shell’s plan for removing Delta was approved by the UK Government in 2015.

The firm’s decommissioning programme for the remaining Brent field infrastructure was submitted earlier this year.

Brent’s discovery in 1971 heralded the start of a new oil era. The field’s lifespan was originally estimated to be only 25 years. The field generated $20billion worth of tax for the UK Government.

To date, the Brent field has produced around three billion barrels of oil equivalent. At its peak in 1982 the field was producing more than half a million barrels a day.

Recommended for you

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts