I’m baffled by the Curlew decommissioning saga that will now see the life-expired FPSO be dismantled in Norway rather than via the original arrangement whereby it was to be prepped in Dundee prior to being towed to Turkey for chopping up.
A Scottish politician said yesterday he was “deeply disappointed” that an oil production vessel which has sat in Dundee for a year will be dismantled in Norway.
Shell has awarded Norwegian firm AF Gruppen the contract for dismantling and recycling the Curlew floating production vessel.
The rise of specialist decommissioning firms could give the UK the edge in a global oilfield dismantling market worth £67 billion over the next decade, a new report said.
A new decommissioning company in Aberdeenshire is seeking out its first contract, saying their inaugural customer “needs to be as visionary as us”.
An Aberdeenshire firm has joined forces with two major decommissioning contractors to launch a joint venture offering lower UK North Sea dismantling costs.
A Norwegian yard owner and a Dutch heavy lift crane vessel operator have signed the contract to decommission a UK North Sea platform.
Dutch heavy lift crane vessel firm Heerema Marine Contractors has won the contract to remove the Dunlin Alpha topside in the UK North Sea.
Oil major Shell has revealed that the steel jacket for its Brent Alpha platform will be taken to Norway for scrapping.
The Murchison platform has been removed from the North Sea and brought ashore two years ahead of schedule.
In decommissioning, as in life, there are winners and there are losers.