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Valhall QP Topside Safely Removed

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

Image Source: Aker BP
The original accommodation platform at Valhall in the southern part of the North Sea has been safely removed by the giant vessel Pioneering Spirit. This was the first of the original structures at Valhall to be removed as part of the modernization of the Valhall field centre. Executed in the morning of 14 June, the single-lift operation took 2 hours to complete from positioning Pioneering Spirit around the 3800 tonne platform to the moment of the lift. The actual “fast lift” of the topsides took only 9 seconds. The 109 tonne bridge connecting the QP topsides to the neighbouring drilling platform was removed using one of the vessel’s cranes on Tuesday 11 June.

Together with Allseas and the team at Pioneering Spirit, we have successfully concluded two years of engineering, planning and pre-lift preparations. The safe and efficient removal of the QP platform is an important milestone for Valhall and for Aker BP, says Per Mikal Hauge, Vice president Valhall asset.

Removal of the QP topsides is the first job for Pioneering Spirit under the frame agreement which Allseas signed with Aker BP in 2017 to provide transport, installation and removal services for the Valhall field. The QP topside will be transported to- and disposed at the Kvaerner disposal yard at Stord.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Tue, 18 Jun 2019
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