OMV Petrom has begun decommissioning the Gloria offshore platform, which has reached the end of its lifetime limit following four decades of service.

This process will be undertaken for the first time in Romania. Romanian company  GSP Offshore has secured the tender for removal services, with an estimated value of around 5m.

OMV Petrom upstream executive board member Peter Zeilinger said: “The Gloria platform has made its full contribution to ensuring Romania’s energy supply. Its cumulated production over the last 20 years is equivalent to over 20 million car refuels and the energy for heating 170,000 homes. However, the platform has reached the end of its economic lifetime and it needs to be decommissioned.

“We will make every effort to carry out this process efficiently and in a safe manner. The Gloria platform will remain in the history of the offshore industry in Romania. We will continue to operate the other six offshore production platforms, which provide over 16% of the group’s production.”

The firm decided to decommission Gloria in 2018. Later in the year, a tender was initiated for the removal services, which was secured by GSP Offshore.

The decommissioning solution includes reinstating the platform jacking system, positioning the platform on a cargo barge and then transporting it to the shore.

The Gloria platform was the first offshore drilling platform in Romania. Commissioned in 1976, the platform was built based on a licence from Offshore Co. USA. In 1980 the platform completed drilling at Lebada 8, the first commercial offshore hydrocarbon discovery in the country.