Photo: Illustration; Source: Worley

Worley supporting Allseas on Spirit Energy decommissioning gig

Australian energy service firm Worley is helping offshore installation specialist Allseas to decommission two of Spirit Energy’s east Irish Sea platforms.

Worley said on Tuesday that it was supporting Allseas with a range of decommissioning engineering, procurement, and construction services for Allseas’ project in the eastern Irish Sea.

This includes engineering preparations to safely remove Spirit Energy’s DP3 and DP4 11,000-tonne platforms at Morecambe Bay.

Worley added that the decommissioned platforms would be lifted and taken back to shore for recycling by Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit – the world’s largest construction vessel.

Pioneering Spirit; Source: Worley
Pioneering Spirit; Source: Worley

The DP3 and DP4 installations have been in operation since 1985, helping to heat hundreds of thousands of homes with natural gas extracted from the South Morecambe field.

Worley’s Aberdeen office is leading the project, with support from a wholly-owned subsidiary, Scopus Engineering. Worley is providing management and assurance services, while Scopus Engineering is providing lean engineering and site construction at Morecambe Bay.

According to the company, its offshore work on DP4 is now complete with work on DP3 set to begin in early 2021.

Shaun Poll, senior vice president for energy offshore in the UK for Worley, said: “We are thrilled to be providing our decommissioning services to Allseas. Decommissioning offshore installations is a complex process, but our specialized engineering resources and project management expertise has helped to make this project a success.

Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, I’m very proud of the team’s resilience and the work we’ve delivered. We look forward to supporting Allseas to safely remove the DP3 and DP4 installations”.

It is worth mentioning that Worley was awarded a global contract for early-phase engineering services by Chevron, through its Chevron Technical Centre division.

Under the contract, awarded earlier this month, the company would provide early phase engineering services to Chevron’s global upstream and downstream projects, both onshore and offshore, over five years. The services utilize Worley’s proprietary digital design and optimization tool, SeleXpress.