New jobs as Able UK lands major oil rig recycling contract

Teesside-based Able UK has been awarded a significant rig decommissioning project

Brent field in the North Sea where Able UK are to decommission platforms

Teeside-based Able UK has been awarded a significant contract as part of the decommissioning of four offshore platforms from the Shell-operated Brent Field in the North Sea.

The contract will see three platform topsides, as well as a 138m-high steel platform jacket, transported from the field more than 100 miles north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside.

Around 100 jobs will be created during the 18-month construction of the new quay with the six-year recycling contract itself generating a further 100 new jobs. It is anticipated that over 97 per cent of the structures will be reused or recycled.

The timing of the arrival of the first topside is subject to further offshore preparation work and regulatory approvals.

Able UK Limited managing director, Andrew Jacques said: “We are delighted to have been selected to undertake this significant platform decommissioning project. This six-year contract will see the deployment of the very latest techniques and technologies in the recycling of these materials.

“We are looking forward to working with our partners on this project, and we are justifiably proud to have been selected for this exciting project.

“Able Seaton Port is already a superb facility and it will see further investment from Able UK Limited with the construction of what will be one of Europe’s heaviest load bearing quays (60t/m2 infrastructure at the northern end of the dry dock to receive the structures. This will enable the topsides and jackets to be shipped to the new quay for dismantling.”

The platforms will be individually transported from the Brent field to the Tees on board the newly-constructed Allseas “Pieter Schelte” vessel, which has been specially designed for single lift installation and removal works.

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