Able UK Takes On Brent Bravo Decom Task
Recently the 25,000t of the Brent Bravo platform topsides arrived at Able Seaton Port to be decommissioned. Brent Bravo had been lifted off the jacket by the Allseas vessel, Pioneering Spirit. On arrival off the North East Coast of the UK it was transferred to the 200-metre long Allseas barge, the Iron Lady, for the final part of the journey to Able Seaton Port where it is currently moored on Quay 6. Just over 2 years ago Brent Delta had arrived on the same vessels.
Next week the final manoeuvre will see the platform ‘skidded’ on to the multi-million-pound demolition pad which forms part of what is probably the strongest quay in Europe.
Peter Stephenson, founder and Executive Chairman of Able UK said, “The Brent decommissioning project is the most significant project of its type to date and the fact that Able was selected against an initial longlist of 131 potential disposal yards demonstrates the reputation we have established through our long track record of working with many of the world’s major offshore energy companies.
“As with the Brent Delta, this operation has involved one of the heaviest lifts ever undertaken and is a success for everyone involved, especially our partners Shell and Allseas.
“Once again the Brent Bravo will provide a spectacular addition to the Teesside skyline for some time as we undertake the decommissioning programme with the aim of recycling over 98 per cent of the structure.”
Able invested £28million in constructing this new facility, including one of the strongest quays in Europe, to meet the requirements for handling the Brent platforms—and putting the company at the forefront of the growing demand for decommissioning platforms as they come to the end of their operational lives.
Source Able UK