The Italian offshore operator Saipem was awarded with decommissioning contract from BP for topsides and jacket of the Miller Platform in the North Sea. The contract includes engineer, procure, remove and dispose (EPRD) work at the UK offshore zone. For implementation of the work will be utilized the crane and pipelaying vessel Saipem 7000, while the project management will be coordinated by the Saipem’s offices in London and Aberdeen. The use of the Saipem 7000 for projects such as this eliminates the need for additional cargo barges and allows operations to be conducted in a much safer manner and in a less restrictive weather window. The contract will commence in the beginning of 2017, but finance details were not disclosed.
“Saipem, through its subsidiary Saipem Limited based in the UK, is pleased to see further traction in the decommissioning market with the BP Miller EPRD Project”, said the Saipem’s offshore business unit executive vice president, Stefano Porcari. “The award builds on our experience in delivering decommissioning projects successfully and safely over recent years. When coupled with Saipem’s track record in the renewable energy sector, this strengthens the group’s diversification, and assists our clients and, indeed, the countries in which we operate in the safe, environmentally responsible and cost effective removal of ageing infrastructure”, added he.
Saipem 7000 (IMO: 8501567) is one of the most technologically advanced vessels in the company’s fleet. It is equipped with a DP system, has a 14,000-tonne lifting capacity, and is capable of laying subsea pipelines in ultra-deep waters. The vessel has length of 196.00 m, moulded beam of 90.00 m and draft of 11.00 m. The gross tonnage of the crane and pipelaying ship is 117,812 GRT.