SPECIAL REPORT: Three major North Sea decommissioning projects under way

There are a number of decommissioning projects currently under way in the North Sea. Three major projects are BP PLC’s North West Hutton platform in the UK sector, Total SA’s Frigg platforms, which straddle the UK-Norwegian boundary, and ConocoPhillips’s Ekofisk-1 platform in Norwegian waters.North West HuttonBP’s North West Hutton platform produced 125 million bbl of oil between 1983 and January 2003. A heavy-lift vessel will remove the 20,000-tonne topsides and the 17,000-tonne steel jacket down to the tops of the footings (OGJ, June 20, 2005, p. 51). The units will be moved to the Able yard on Teesside for recycling and disposal and the decommissioning work will...

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