RBG Fronts Step Change in North Sea Decommissioning

Situated within UK Block 211/27 and located 130km from the Shetland Isles in the East Shetland Basin, North West Hutton was a large steel platform installed in 1981 comprising of drilling, production and accommodation facilities. Operated by BP, the decommissioning program for the installation was approved in April 2006 by the then DTI.

RBG delivered a challenging topside removal scope that integrated scaffolding services with specialist cleaning, UHP cold cutting, inspection (NDT), asbestos abatement, specialist machining, and rope access. This integrated package was centrally handled by a dedicated project management team.

The successful removal of the NW Hutton topsides marked a step change in the way North Sea decommissioning projects will be approached in the future.

Despite the ever changing and hazardous working environment, an excellent safety record was maintained throughout. Many of the benefits, innovations and industry-firsts brought to the decommissioning of NW Hutton's topsides, where born from RBG being able to respond flexibly through our multifaceted capability.