Norwegian oilfield services firm Aker Solutions reported Monday that it has secured the contract for the first phase of the decommissioning of the Murchison platform in the UK North Sea. The firm expects 150 new jobs will be created at its Aberdeen operation as a result of the award.
The three-year contract, awarded by CNR International (UK), will see Aker manage the engineering design, procurement and offshore execution to ensure the facilities are safely prepared for subsequent removal.
Commenting on the award, UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said in a statement:
"As the North Sea matures the decommissioning of oil and gas infrastructure presents a substantial opportunity for UK businesses.
"It is great to see Aker Solutions leading the way and securing this significant contract that will bring 150 new jobs to Aberdeen."
Mike Forbes – managing director of Aker's maintenance, modifications and operations business in the UK – added in a company statement:
"Decommissioning will be a key area of focus for the UK oil and gas industry over the next couple of decades as we see a growing number of historic oil and gas installations taken out of service."
Murchison has produced more than 390 million barrels of oil equivalent since it was first commissioned in 1980.
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