Boskalis jaarverslagen 2011

NAM decommissioning project

Boskalis and SMIT are increasingly submitting joint tenders for the installation of new, and dismantling of old, oil and gas platforms. There is strong demand in the market for these services. 
Over the past few months, for example, a number of decommissioning projects have been carried out in the North Sea in which Boskalis and SMIT were involved as lead contractor.

Wim Vogelaar, General Manager of SMIT Marine Projects: “Our recent contract for Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) shows the way we want to go. We were lead contractor for this decommissioning project, which involved the removal of the subsea protection structure of the L13 gas well. We will increasingly tender for major works, for a fixed price if required and with ultimate responsibility for the entire process: prospecting, tendering, contract negotiations, engineering and the preparation right through to the actual execution.”

"The NAM contract is a good example of the close cooperation between SMIT and Boskalis - a factor which contributed to meeting the extremely short project timeline. The task was to remove a gas well protective structure in just a few weeks. The time available was limited as this section of the Dutch continental shelf, off the coast of Den Helder, was due to be opened as a training area for the Navy from the end of October."

The sheerleg ‘Taklift 7’ was mobilized for this project, partnered by a tug to assist in anchor-handling. Hydronamic, Boskalis’ in-house engineering company, completed a workability study with regard to the area, the operating window and workability limits for the equipment. A Boskalis surveyor was responsible for positioning and SMIT Subsea provided a Seaeye Tiger ROV to assist the underwater work team. The entire operation went smoothly and was completed on time and within budget.

Added to My report add to My report Source: Annual review 2011, Report of the Board of Management, page 42