Shell ready to break up 5,000-tonne buoy

Heerema Marine Contractors will decommission Shell’s 5,150-tonne single anchor leg mooring (SALM) buoy that was part of the crude offloading system for the Fulmar field and three others in the central North Sea. The £3m Heerema proposal was selected from 12 options submitted by five contractors. The firm has sent a decommissioning programme to the […]

Heerema Marine Contractors will decommission Shell’s 5,150-tonne single anchor leg mooring (SALM) buoy that was part of the crude offloading system for the Fulmar field and three others in the central North Sea.

The £3m Heerema proposal was selected from 12 options submitted by five contractors. The firm has sent a decommissioning programme to the Department of Trade and Industry.

The plan calls for a heavy lift vessel to lift the buoy ashore to a yard near the Norwegian fjord where it is anchored for onshore scrapping and recycling.

More than 2,500 tonnes of the structure’s steel would be sent to a smelting plant for recycling.

Shell aims to start statutory formal consultations this month and to get government approval in time to complete the project in the fourth quarter of the year.