Netherlands-based Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) says it has received notice from ConocoPhillips about its intention to enter into a contract for a major offshore decommissioning project in the North Sea.
Under the contract Heerema Marine Contractors and its partner AF Gruppen will remove and dispose of platforms connected to the Ekofisk field in the North Sea. The contract includes Engineering, Preparation, Removal & Disposal (EPRD) of four platforms with a total tonnage of approx. 36,000 tonnes.
HMC says the platforms are to be removed and disposed from 2017 to 2022.
HMC did not specify which vessels it would use for the project. The company currently owns three of the world’s largest crane vessels: the semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) Thialf, the crane-equipped deepwater construction vessel (DCV) Balder, and SSCV Hermod. HMC also currently developing a the new-generation semi-submersible crane vessel, the Sleipnir, which is scheduled for delivery in 2018. The Sleipnir equipped with two cranes of 10,000 metric tonnes lifting capacity each and a reinforced deck area of 220 meters in length and 102 meters in width, which will make it the largest crane vessel in the world.