Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has started decommissioning of the Brae Bravo platform in the UK North Sea.

The Brae Bravo Platform is part of the Brae Area oil field, which is located around 274km north-east of Aberdeen in Scotland, in a water depth of nearly 110m.

Commissioned in 1988, the Brae Bravo platform has been out of use since 2018.

The wind-up work will be carried out over three separate phases in 2021 and 2022.

The work will be carried out using Heerema’s Thialf and Sleipnir semi-submersible crane vessels (SSCVs).

Upon removal, the platform’s topside and jacket will be transported to the AF Environmental Base in Vats, Norway where it will be further processed with an aim for a 95% recycling or reuse target.

TAQA Europe managing director Donald Taylor said: “The Brae Bravo has been an integral part of the Brae fields for more than three decades with the size and scale of the platform, including the topside structure, almost the height of the London Eye.

“Over the last 33 years, Brae Bravo has been an important contributor to the UK oil and gas industry with many people having long-standing connections to the platform.”

The first campaign had already commenced in April. It involved installation of the two SSCVs for several days in the field in preparation to remove the flare tower, bridge and jacket.

However, Thialf SSCV is planned to remain in the field to complete final preparatory works and module separation to enable final removal scheduled in the summer.

Under the second campaign, the Sleipnir SSCV will remove the remaining topsides during two trips to the field during the summer of 2021.

The decommissioning work is expected to create more than 500 jobs offshore.