AF Group to Remove H7 Platform from German North Sea


The AF Group (AFG) has signed the contract for the “H7 Platform Removal Project”.  The contract is signed with Statoil, on behalf of Gassco as operator for Gassled. The agreement covers planning, engineering, removal and demolition of the installation.

The contract value is approx. NOK 420 million (USD 77.2 million), ex option works. The agreement also includes an option to decommission a similar platform, B11.

A condition for the contract is a final decision by the ownership Gassled on the implementation of the removal project. This is the formal continuation of the Letter of Intent which was announced 28.06.2011.

“The AF Group has built up expertise and capacity to handle removal and recycling of obsolete petroleum installations. This work lays the foundation for further growth within our environmental business in the North Sea”, says Pål Egil Rønn, CEO of the AF Group.

The H-7 platform is located in the German sector of the North Sea. In the period 1977 to 1999 it was used to maintain pressure in the pipeline transporting gas from the Ekofisk Centre to the terminal in Emden, Germany. The platform was disconnected from the pipeline four years ago.

Source: AF Group,September 9, 2011;Image: Gassco