Completion of topside skidding as part of Pickerill platforms’ decommissioning

Petrodec, the decommissioning services specialist, confirmed the successful completion of skidding operations for the topside removal of the Pickerill A unmanned platform, located in the UKCS’ block 48/11 license area on behalf of its client Perenco UK.

After the plug and abandonment campaign in 2019 also performed by the Energy Endeavour (ERDA), Topside preparation, skidding, sea fastening and rig move arrangements were completed on 13th of June with the topside arriving safely at Vlissingen harbour in the Netherlands on 15th June. The topside will soon be offloaded for final dismantlement.

The ability to use one vessel, the Energy Endeavour (ERDA), for both plug and abandonment, topside preparation and topside removal operations, as opposed to a drilling rig and heavy lift vessel, is an industry first. The successful topside skidding clearly highlights Petrodec’s innovative approach and ability to deliver safe and cost-effective solutions to its clients.

Watch the video of the skidding operations

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