First 'End to End' Plug and Abandon Project for Maersk Decom – Heavy Lift News
27 Feb 2020

First ‘End to End’ Plug and Abandon Project for Maersk Decom

The solution bundles project management, engineering and planning with the execution of plug and abandonment of seven legacy Exploration & Appraisal wells, as well as the removal and disposal of subsea equipment. Maersk Decom will provide all personnel, assets and equipment required for the project, including a drilling unit and offshore support vessels.

“By delivering the entire scope under one overarching contract, we can optimise the project every step of the way. We believe bundled projects and campaigns are the way of the future for the industry. As a dedicated decommissioning company, we are proud to have been able to achieve this milestone together with Tullow,” says Lars Banke, Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Decom.

“This award to Maersk Decom builds on the success of Tullow’s recent decommissioning campaigns in the UK Continental Shelf where Tullow successfully contracted out complete decommissioning and plugging and abandonment scopes to specialist contractors. We are looking forward to working jointly with Maersk who provided us with the most convincing offer,” says Mark MacFarlane, Chief Operating Officer of Tullow Oil Plc.  

The Banda and Tiof fields are located 53km and 84km respectively off the coast of Mauritania in 1200m water depth. Part of the project team will be based locally in A.P. Moller – Maersk’s Nouakchott office, while the rest of the onshore team will support from Maersk Decom’s headquarters in Lyngby, Denmark.

Planning and engineering begins immediately. A site survey is planned for Q2 and offshore execution is expected to commence early 2021.
Maersk Decom is a 50:50 joint venture between Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service.

Maersk Decom was created in April 2018 as a 50:50 joint venture between Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service to provide scalable decommissioning solutions to the offshore energy industry. With its decommissioning specialists and direct access to rigs and support vessels, the company offers the full range of decommissioning scopes under flexible commercial models and integrated project management.
From baseline surveys and engineering, to plug and abandonment, infrastructure removal, and recycling and waste management, Maersk Decom is committed to constantly rethinking decommissioning to maximise value and sustainability. It aims to ensure no resources – whether it’s people, time or assets – go to waste.

Featured Title photograph

The Maersk Installer in the Port of Blyth working for Maersk Decom, as project manager, together with Maersk Supply Service,  for the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field in the UK North Sea in 2019.

Source Maersk Supply Service


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