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Heerema secures decom contract for Petrogas platforms

© Supplied by PetrogasThe Petrogas-operated Hoorn platform, Dutch North Sea.
The Petrogas-operated Hoorn platform, Dutch North Sea.

Petrogas E&P has awarded Heerema an integrated engineering, preparation, removal, and disposal (EPRD) decommissioning contract for multiple oil platforms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

The work involves the removal of the Haven, Hoorn, Helm, and Helder platforms from Block Q1 in Dutch waters in the southern North Sea.

The latter three are adjacent fields located around 25 miles west of Den Helder, while Haven is a marginal field some 3.5 miles to the north of the Helder asset.

Petrogas’ Dutch subsidiary operates fields across the P and Q blocks alongside partners Aceiro Energy, ONE-Dyas, Wintershall and TAQA.

The fields host landmark assets within the Dutch oil and gas industry. Helm was the first platform to produce oil on the Dutch continental shelf for the Dutch market, and this year marks its 40th anniversary, with production having begun in October 1982.

© Supplied by Petrogas
The Helm platform, Dutch North Sea.

Heerema said execution of the offshore removals would take place over several years. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Petrogas E&P Netherlands’ general manager Nick Dancer said: “We are proud to have reached the 40th year of production with these assets, but the time has come to remove the platforms.

“This contract demonstrates Petrogas’ commitment to the safe and timely removal of our facilities and we are very pleased to have signed this contract with Heerema, whom we believe is the ideal partner for this project with their commitment to sustainability and circularity.’

Heerema CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven added: “Heerema has installed the majority of North Sea platforms, and we believe in the circularity of removing these structures, leaving the sea as we found it. This action aligns with our own sustainable and circular ambitions to reuse and recycle wherever possible.”

The award is the latest in a series of North Sea decommissioning contracts secured by the Leiden-headquartered maritime contractor. It most recently secured an EPRD award for the Ketch and Schooner platforms in the UK North Sea, by owner DNO.

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