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Watch: Shell’s Curlew vessel in Dundee for clean-up ahead of scrapping

Shell’s Curlew vessel has arrived in Dundee for cleaning and waste disposal as part of a contract with Augean North Sea Services (ANSS).

Announcing the deal in January, Shell said Curlew would be in Dundee for about three months before heading to Turkey for dismantling.

The vessel was originally built at the Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark as the tanker Maersk Dorset in 1983.

In 1997, it was converted at A&P Tyne on the River Tyne, while the fabrication, construction and installation of the topsides was carried out by Amec.

It was deployed in the Curlew field, in the central North Sea, in 1997, where it produced oil from the phased development of the Curlew B-D fields.

Curlew C was brought online in 2008 as a tie back to the FPSO via a production and gas lift line. Curlew B has been shut-in since 2007.

Shell bought the FPSO in 2013.

Environmental services firm ANSS is part of Yorkshire-headquartered Augean Group and provides services from seven operational sites in Aberdeen, Dundee, Shetland and Great Yarmouth.

Curlew at Dundee<br />Pic Peter Devlin

Stuart Wallace, chief operating officer at Forth Ports, which owns the Port of Dundee, said: “This is a significant project for Augean and the port and clearly demonstrates the unrivalled capability of our infrastructure and the supply chain that we have developed in Dundee to take on these large-scale projects.

“Augean’s on site class leading waste management facility, coupled with our new heavy lift quayside and marine capability, is an attractive offering to the North Sea oil & gas decommissioning sector.

“The proximity to the skills base in Dundee along with our available land space and quayside makes Dundee the port of choice for large scale decommissioning in Scotland.”


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