ACE Winches Moors Iron Lady Barge for Brent Delta Decom Work

ACE Winches has mobilized a six point mooring system to anchor the ‘Iron Lady’ barge being used on the Brent decommissioning project. 

The equipment, designed and manufactured by ACE Winches at their global headquarters in Aberdeenshire is now in situ and being supported by a team of ACE Winches offshore personnel.

As part of the Brent Delta decommissioning project, the 24,000te platform topside is to be transferred to a 200-meter long barge, the Iron Lady, being moored at the client’s specialist facilities in the North East of England.

An ACE 6-point mooring system is in place to assist and maintain the positioning of the barge during operations to transfer the platform to the shore side.

The Shell-operated Brent field, located 115 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands, has produced around three billion barrels of oil equivalent since production started in 1976, which is almost 10% of UK production.

The Brent Delta topsides, located some 186 km off the north-east coast of Shetland, sat on a three-legged gravity-based structure which stands in 140 m of water.