The Woods Group, of Aberdeen, has won a major contract to support the removal of the topside of the giant Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea.
The order followed the successful operation to remove the topside of the Brent Delta platform in a single lift on Apr 28 and take it to Hartlepool where it is being demolished (see last month’s Sea Breezes).
The Brent Field, midway between the Shetlands and Norway, was discovered in 1971 and was named by Shell after the Brent goose which migrates along the North Sea coast. The Brent Field had four production platforms, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta and oil production began in 1976.
The Delta platform ceased production in 2011 and its wells have been plugged. Alpha and Bravo stopped in November, 2014, and Charlie will stop in the next few years.
The decommissioning and installation ship Pioneering Spirit, 403,342gt, operated by the Swiss-Dutch company Allseas, set a world lifting record when she lifted the 24,000 tonnes topside up off its three concrete legs.
Under the contract for the Brent Bravo platform with Shell, the Wood group will prepare the platform for removal in the coming months, again using a single lift and the Pioneering Spirit.