Recycling platform

July 7, 2000, 11:15 CEST

The job of breaking up and recycling the topsides of Statoil's 2/4-S riser platform in the North Sea has been given to Lyngdal Recycling.

Won against international contractors, this job covers disassembly, breaking up and recovering materials.

The 2/4-S platform, which stands in the Ekofisk area, is the first abandoned Statoil installation to be removed.

According to Hans Gustaf Klasson, project manager for the abandoment, the group's philosophy is to sell the topside and jacket for re-use.

"We've registered interest in the market, both off Norway and elsewhere, and will continue our marketing efforts up to next summer."

Should all or part of the topside be sold, he adds, the contract terms specify that it would be removed from Lyngdal Recycling's scope of work.

The deal also contains options on storing all or part of the structure if sales talks are under way when the topsides and bridges are handed over to the breaker.

Operated by Statoil on behalf of the Statpipe partnership, 2/4-S served as an important staging post for gas transport from North Sea fields.

It was abandoned when the Ekofisk bypass line linking Statpipe directly with the Norpipe trunkline to Emden in Germany began operating in August 1998.

Removal of the topsides is scheduled for next summer, and the contract for this job was awarded earlier in the year to Heerema Marine Contractors in cooperation with Umoe in Haugesund north of Stavanger. Preparations are already under way.

The jacket will be removed later. Plans call for this to take place at the same time as Ekofisk operator Phillips Petroleum removes several jackets in the same area.

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Sale of the 2/4-S riser platform by Statoil