Statoil has chosen its two key contractors for the Huldra platform removal from the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
The gas and condensate field, northeast of Bergen, came on stream in 2001 and, on plateau, produced 10.3 MMcu m/d. The platform - Statoil's first designed for normally unmanned operation - was shut in on 3 September 2014.
Previously the jackup rig West Epsilon has been awarded the contract for plugging the six wells at Huldra during 2016.
Now, Dutch contractor Hereema Marine Contractors (HMC) has been picked to remove the platform and transport it to shore under an engineering, preparation and removal contract.
Norway's AF Offshore Decom will carry out its disposal and recycling.
The platform weighs some 10,000-tonn, distributed over a 5000-ton topside and a 5000-ton steel jacket. It is expected that more than 95% of the platform will be recycled.
The plan is to remove the Huldra platform during 2019 with the subsequent disposal and recycling work taking place at AF Offshore Decom’s environmental base in Vats, Norway within the first half of 2020.
The platform is being removed according to the Ospar convention, stating that oil installations no longer being used as a main rule shall be removed.