We continue to safely and efficiently manage the late-life operations of our business with a focus on maximizing economic recovery and life extension, driving operational excellence across all operations and effectively managing integrity while taking ownership of and planning for decommissioning.
When oil and gas fields end production, their facilities need to be decommissioned in accordance with all relevant legislation. TAQA is committed to early, clear and open communication with stakeholders throughout the decommissioning process to ensure this work is carried out as safely, efficiently and openly as possible.
As part of this early planning, we have commenced early plug and abandonment (P&A) for wells that are already non-producing and shut in, while assets are still operational.
TAQA’s decommissioning strategic success factors include:
- Excellence in safety, environmental, reputational and stakeholder management;
- Optimise value of late-life operations through to completion of decommissioning activities;
- Retain knowledge, skills and develop internal centre of excellence for decommissioning;
- Work with the supply chain in an ethical, fair and mutually rewarding way;
- Drive continuous improvement through collaboration with other Operators and industry stakeholders.
Decommissioning Consultations and Projects:
Tern and North Cormorant Topsides Decommissioning Programmes – public consultation
TAQA Bratani Limited (“TAQA”) has submitted, for the consideration of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, draft decommissioning programmes for the removal of the Tern and North Cormorant topsides, in accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1998. It is a requirement of the Act that interested parties be consulted on such proposals.
The facilities covered by the North Cormorant topsides draft decommissioning programme are in Block 211/21 in the northern North Sea, approximately 112km north east of Unst, Shetland and 35km from the UK/Norwegian median line. The facilities comprise fourteen modules split over two levels, these sit upon the module support frame, which is attached in one piece to the jacket.
The facilities covered by the Tern topsides draft decommissioning programme are in Block 210/25 in the northern North Sea, approximately 169km north east of Lerwick, Shetland and 47km from the UK/Norwegian median line. The facilities comprise fifteen modules split over two levels. The Modular Support Frame (MSF), which is an 8-legged structure attached in one piece to the jacket, acts as a base support for the two levels of modules.
TAQA hereby gives notice that the Tern and North Cormorant topsides draft decommissioning programmes are available via the links below, or from the following location during office hours (by appointment):
TAQA Bratani Limited
Arnhall Business Park
Representations regarding the draft decommissioning programme should be submitted in writing to Alastair MacLean using the contact details below (preferably by email) where they must be received by the consultation closing date, 4th September 2020, and should state the grounds upon which any representations are being made.
Alastair MacLean, Decommissioning Stakeholder Manager
- Tern Topsides Environmental Appraisal
- Tern Topsides Decommissioning Programme – Consultation Draft
- North Cormorant Topsides Decommissioning Programme – Consultation Draft
- North Cormorant Topsides Environmental Appraisal
Eider Alpha Topsides Decommissioning Programme – approved
In accordance with the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1998, the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) has approved a decommissioning programme for the removal of the Eider Alpha topsides.
Early planning has commenced and the execution window of 2022 is the earliest possible date for removal through to project completion in 2028.
The facilities covered by the Eider Alpha topsides draft decommissioning programme are in Block 211/16a in the northern North Sea, approximately 118km north east of Shetland and 32km from the UK/Norwegian median line. The facilities comprise five modules split over two levels and an integrated deck structure, containing a wellbay, process bay and utilities bay. The integrated deck structure then supports a flare boom, a drilling derrick, drilling module and living quarters with helideck.
Decommissioning of three protective subsea domes
In 2019, TAQA in the Netherlands undertook a decommissioning project to safely remove and responsibly dispose of three subsea protection domes in the Dutch North Sea, previously used by TAQA as well as wellhead protection structure.
Watch the movie of the subsea dome removal in the P15 block in the Netherlands