Yme platform removed in a single lift

The mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) installed in Yme field in the Norwegian North Sea was removed in a single lift on Aug. 22 by the Pioneering Spirit vessel owned by Allseas Group SA.

The 13,500-tonne platform was sea-fastened onboard the installation, decommissioning, and pipelay vessel for eventual dismantling in Lutelandet, Norway.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate on Aug. 19 granted consent to Repsol Norge AS for removal of the Yme MOPU in PL 316/316B.

Yme began producing in 1996. In late 2000, licensees decided to shut down production of 16,000 b/d from seven wells due to forecasts for production and oil prices (OGJ Online, Nov. 23, 2000).

In 2007, partners received approval to reactivate the field (OGJ Online, Jan. 11, 2007). In 2012, Talisman Energy Inc. announced a writedown and put production on hold (OGJ Online, Mar. 12, 2013).

The platform had been unmanned since 2012 when cracks were found in platform legs.

Repsol SA became operator after its 2015 acquisition of Talisman Energy Inc. Earlier this year, OKEA AS, Trondheim, agreed to acquire Repsol’s 60% stake in Yme.

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