BP awaits approval to decommission NW Hutton

BP PLC expects approval in late 2005 from the UK government for decommissioning the Northwest Hutton platform. It submitted its decommission proposal to the government in January 2005 and plans to start offshore work in 2006 or possibly as late as 2009.The platform is about 130 km northeast of the Shetland Islands in 140 m of water (Fig. 1). The platform is an integrated oil and gas drilling, production processing, and accommodation facility with a design typical of platforms designed in the late 1970s and installed in the early 1980s. Prior to UK government approval, BP will need to obtain an exception to the OSPAR 98/3 decision on its proposal to leave the jacket footings in place. The ...

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