Location: Central North Sea, UKCS
Scope: Duty Holder in decommissioning
In 2016, Petrofac was awarded a Duty Holder contract from BP to support the late life management and decommissioning of the Miller platform.
Within this scope Petrofac is managing all aspects of on and offshore activities in support of BP’s decommissioning programme.
The last day of production on Miller was in July 2007. Since then, BP has undertaken well abandonment and topsides clean up on the asset and it’s anticipated that the topside removal will begin during 2017.
Our appointment as Duty Holder enables BP – as licence owner – to remain focused on removal activities whilst we ensure safe operations, asset maintenance and integrity throughout the preparatory and removal works.
Getting into the decommissioning mindset
Early engagement is key to our approach. It allows clients to optimise the planning and execution of decommissioning services and the transition of risk between operator and contractor. It also offers the opportunity for open dialogue around roles and responsibilities.
Once an asset moves to the decommissioning phase, there must also be a transition from an ‘operations’ mindset to a ‘project-led’ culture. By engaging early with BP to deliver a fit-for-purpose on and offshore organisation and service, together we have achieved a number of key successes for the Miller platform.
We’re delighted to be supporting BP as it moves to the next phase of its decommissioning programme on the Miller platform. Our people deployed on the asset have the knowledge, skillset and flexibility to deliver the activities in line with BP’s requirements and we are pleased part of the next stage of the Miller journey.
Walter Thain, Managing Director – West, Petrofac Engineering and Production Services