Oilfield engineering services firm Harkand announced Thursday that it has begun decommissioning work on the UK Continental Shelf, supporting Maersk Oil UK's work in the Leadon field.
Earlier in the year, the inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) firm secured a multi-million pound, 12-month frame agreement with Maersk Oil in the region for the provision of its two dive-support vessels (DSVs) – the Harkand Da Vinci and the Harkand Atlantis – as well as supporting onshore and offshore personnel. Harkand will provide project management and engineering services to Maersk around the Danish firm's drill program for subsea well plug and abandonment.
The scope of work which is being undertaken by the Harkand Atlantis includes barrier testing at 13 trees, removal of production and gas lift spools at trees and towhead ends along with power and control jumpers and mattress recovery. The works also involves flooding and disconnection of a four-inch gas import flowline.
Harkand Europe Managing Director David Kerr said in a company statement:
"We are delighted to have secured this decommissioning work in the North Sea for such a high profile operator. Removal of subsea infrastructure can be challenging and this contract reflects our well-established and successful track record for decommissioning activities such as inspection and survey, valve operations, mattress removal, pipeline cutting and recovery.
"There's an estimated 500 to 690 facilities reaching the end of their operational life over the next three decades, so North Sea asset decommissioning projects will play a large part in Harkand's future. We look forward to successfully completing this work for Maersk Oil UK."
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