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    Aker to decommission Maureen

    News // August 11, 2000
    On behalf of the platform's owners, Phillips Petroleum Company UK Limited, has awarded Aker Maritime a further contract in connection with the removal of the Maureen platform in the UK sector of the North Sea.

    The scope of work currently awarded on the new contract is worth around 7 million.

    The new job embraces the whole work-scope involved in towing the platform and its loading column to Aker Stord in Norway after refloat, as well as cleaning the three storage tanks and a thorough inspection while further reuse opportunities are being sought.

    Should the Maureen owners fail to secure reuse for the platform, the contract has an option for complete dismantling of the platform.

    The new Maureen contract comes in addition to that awarded to Aker Maritime last year, which involves freeing the platform from the seabed and refloating it ready for transport.

    Around mid-June 2001, the Maureen platform is due to be towed to Aker Stord in western Norway where Aker Maritime has a dedicated facility for modifying, dismantling and recycling platforms. Aker Maritime is responsible for engineering, towing the platform from the field and mooring it at the existing Digernessundet location outside Aker Stord.

    Great importance will be attached to environmental considerations. Aker Maritime will be responsible for the effective handling and processing of all associated waste in an environmentally sensitive way.

    When the project is completed, an environmental report documenting the work that has been done will be prepared.

    In 1996 Aker Maritime also performed the removal of Esso's Odin platform, the first platform to be removed in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

    At this time a dedicated facility was created at Aker Stord for the reception, dismantling and recycling of offshore installations.

    This facility has been designed specifically to contain the different types of waste materials generated and ensure they are safely disposed of in co-operation with the local authorities' waste disposal company for the Sunnhordland region.

    The Maureen platform was built in 1983 with large steel storage tanks attached to the substructure, enabling it to be towed to the field. This process will now be reversed.

    The owners of the Maureen platform are Phillips Petroleum Company United Kingdom Limited (Operator), Agip (UK) Limited, BG International Limited, Fina Exploration Limited (TotalFinaElf) and Pentex Oil UK Limited.

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