Babcock wins contract for Centrica Storage assets in North Sea


UK-based company Babcock has secured a decommissioning contract from Centrica Storage for Rough 47/8A platforms and associated infrastructure in the southern North Sea. 

Currently, the company is working with Centrica Storage to devise the decommissioning process.

Babcock Energy and Marine Technology managing director Ian Lindsay said: "Babcock is delighted to support Centrica as its Rough infrastructure nears decommissioning. 

"With our expertise in project delivery reinforced by our experience across the decommissioning sector, including all aspects of verification, compliance, and governance, we are trusted to deliver."

Babcock will use its asset responsibility transfer process to ensure safe decommissioning of Centrica’s assets that include two bridge linked platforms currently closed.

"With 47/8A now shut in and no longer operational, this is the right time for us to decommission and remove the two bridge-linked platforms and associated infrastructure."

The initial decommissioning contract for Babcock will provide all aspects of governance and compliance before the start of decommissioning operations. 

The first project phase is expected to take 12 months. 

Centrica Storage managing director Greg McKenna said: "With 47/8A now shut in and no longer operational, this is the right time for us to decommission and remove the two bridge-linked platforms and associated infrastructure.

"We look forward to working closely with Babcock as we ensure the planning is in place ahead of decommissioning Rough safely and in an environmentally responsible way."

Earlier, the UK’s Oil and Gas authority estimated that the decommissioning of North Sea infrastructure can cost £59.7bn.