Acteon company Claxton has been selected to provide 'rigless recovery' of seven abandoned wells on Statoil-operated Huldra platform in the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Work on the platform is set to begin in December and the project is due for completion within 21 days.

Claxton will be responsible for providing full scope of decommissioning work, including project planning, severance, and full multiple string recovery.

Claxton managing director Laura Claxton said: “Claxton performed the world’s first rigless platform well abandonment campaign on the Esmond, Forbes and Gordon field in the North Sea in 1995 and have completed more than 280 cutting and recovery projects since.

“Being awarded this contract with Statoil reinforces our leading position in the decommissioning market and demonstrates that clients value our experience, strategic technical approach and capabilities.”

"The total weight of the platform is around 10,000t, distributed over a 5,000t topside and 5,000t steel jacket."

The company will perform conductor and casing severance for the Huldra project using its latest recovery tower and ‘Sabre’ cutting system.

The Sabre unit and all ancillary equipment are Norsok compliant to Z-015, while the recovery tower has a working load of 300t with a modular system footprint design.

The total weight of the platform is around 10,000t, distributed over a 5,000t topside and 5,000t steel jacket.

Statoil closed the gas and condensate production at the field on 3 September 2014.

Huldra is the first Statoil-operated platform without permanent staffing and was operated from the Veslefrikk B platform located around 16km away.


Image: Huldra came on stream in November 2001 and has a total weight of around 10,000t. Photo: © Statoil.