Maersk Giant Leaves Yme Field
Maersk Giant, the jackup rig which has served as the production platform on Statoil's Yme development, left this North Sea field on May 21st. The rig had been in operation on Yme since production began in 1996, it is now under tow to Esbjerg in western Denmark for conversion to new assignments.
Work on shutting down the field and removing its installations is on schedule. The Maersk Jutlander drilling rig is due to arrive at the end of this week to plug the four production wells on the Yme Beta structure.
Following this work, which is expected to take about 60 days, a specially-equipped vessel will remove the remaining seabed structures. The loading buoy left by departed storage tanker Navion Saga is also due to be taken away during the summer.
Once all the equipment has been recovered, a final inspection will be made to ensure that the area being relinquished can be used for other operations. Stand-by vessels will remain on the field until all the seabed equipment which could cause problems for fishing activities is removed.