Archer’s UK Engineering division awarded contract for Cormorant Alpha derrick removal

Source: press release, 21 May 2020

photo: Archer
photo: Archer

Archer has announced its formal contract award for the provision of Derrick Equipment Set (DES) and Derrick removal services on Cormorant Alpha by TAQA.

The scope of services includes the engineering design and preparation activities, derrick dismantlement in modular sections by specialist rope access teams followed by the de-construction and removal of the DES drillfloor and major structures.

Following removal of the existing DES package Archer’s engineering teams will prepare the platform’s drilling and pipedeck structures to enable the platform to receive a modular drilling rig for plug and abandonment (P&A) operations.

The engineering activities in relation to the derrick removal activities are estimated to commence from mid-May 2020 with the offshore deconstruction works estimated to commence mid to late Q1 2021.

“We are very pleased with the award of this contract. The combination of significant experience in facilities brownfield engineering combined with our integrated rope access and construction teams will allow Archer to execute the project without use of heavy lift vessel,” says Bill Muir , Area Manager Engineering, Archer (UK) Limited.