Sarah arrives in Aberdeen for decommissioning contractVessel & ROV News // August 2, 2010
Marine Subsea’s well intervention vessel Sarah has arrived in Aberdeen to begin a series of decommissioning contracts in the North Sea. The £2 million multi-client well abandonment programme will see the specialist light well intervention vessel plug and abandon a total of five subsea wells. The contracts are with a number of oil and gas operators including DNO, Bayerngas UK and Tullow. Sarah was due to begin work on 30 July.
MarineSubsea gave a tour of the 120m vessel to Brian Nixon, Chief Executive of Decom North Sea, the industry forum set up to support the decommissioning supply chain.
Mr Nixon welcomed the significant contract for the region saying: “We are working closely with operators and the supply chain to encourage the packaging of projects, so it is great to see the benefits Marine Subsea UK is delivering in its multi-client approach to well abandonment."
"Decommissioning North Sea oil and gas facilities in the UK Continental Shelf is projected to cost between £24 - £30 billion between 2010 and 2040 and we are keen to ensure investment is returned to the economy in this way.”
Marine Subsea UK is leading the project to perforate, cement and carry out abrasive severing and recovery of the wells. The company will also be responsible for the recovery and disposal of residual oil-based muds.