Two unmanned installations which used to produce gas in Morecambe Bay will be taken out of service and removed under plans to be submitted by Spirit Energy. The DP3 and DP4 platforms in the East Irish Sea used to produce gas as part of Spirit Energy’s complex of eight installations in Morecambe Bay. As the field has matured, the reserves the platforms previously tapped into have been produced by the larger, manned South Morecambe platform nearby. Over the next three years, they will be prepared for full removal and then taken back to shore, with the aim of reusing or recycling more than 95 per cent.
Alongside the removal and recycling of a combined 22,000 tons of platform infrastructure, the Centrica-owned firm’s proposals for the multimillion-pound project also include the plug and abandonment of 12 wells, permanently isolating the facilities from the gas reservoir 1km below the seabed.