Ocean Kinetics commences Buchan Alpha rig removal work

Following a competitive tendering process, Scottish engineering firm Ocean Kinetics has been awarded the contract for the safe removal and recycling of the Buchan Alpha production rig in Shetland.

Ocean Kinetics managing director John Henderson said the company has begun work on the contract and that the structure, estimated to weigh 3,400 tonnes, has been partially dismantled on site.

The first of the 800-tonne pontoons has now been released and safely towed into Lerwick Harbour.

The pontoons will then be removed from the water and placed on the dedicated decommissioning pads at Dales Voe, using an 800-tonne sheerleg floating crane supplied by Hebo Maritime Services of Rotterdam.

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