Norwegian oil field services firm Aker Solutions has won a contract from CNR International (UK) for the first phase of decommissioning of the Murchison platform in the North Sea.
As part of the three-year contract, Aker Solutions will manage the engineering design, procurement and offshore execution, to ensure the facilities are prepared for subsequent removal safely.
Located in UK Block 211/19, the Murchison field extends into the Norwegian Block 33/9 in the northern North Sea, 150km north-east of Shetland, and stands in a water depth of 156m.
Norwegian exploration company Wintershall Norge is said to be the co-venturer for the project.
Energy and Climate Change secretary Edward Davey said the oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning presents an opportunity for UK businesses as the North Sea matures.
"It is great to see Aker Solutions leading the way and securing this significant contract that will bring 150 new jobs to Aberdeen," Davey added.
Murchison was initially commissioned in 1980 and has produced more than 390 million barrels of oil equivalent since then.
CNRI believes the capability to deliver safe as well as cost-efficient decommissioning is a key requirement for the long term sustainable North Sea business of the company.
Aker Solutions has experience in decommissioning projects, through both execution and studies.
The company has knowledge in engineering, preparation, removal and disposal of offshore installations in the North Sea, and its previous projects include the Maureen A removal and Frigg Cessation project.
The companies have not disclosed the financial details of the contract.
Image: Aker Solutions will manage the engineering design, procurement and offshore execution. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.