Shell last week shortlisted six contractors to bid for onshore disposal of a 5,150 tonne North Sea buoy.
The Fulmar Single Anchor Leg Mooring buoy tethered the floating storage unit that was used to export oil from the Fulmar, Auk, Clyde and Gannet fields between 1981 and 1994. Unlike the 14,500 tonne Brent Spar, the buoy never contained any oil.
Brown & Root, Aker Saipem, HeereMac, Kvaerner Seaway Alliance, Able McAlpine Doris and Wood-GMC are to submit detailed bids by mid-November. Their proposals range from putting the buoy on a barge for removal in one piece to dismantling it vertically in inshore waters.
Shell will present all six proposals in a further round of ‘dialogue seminars’ in London, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Hamburg before selecting one option around the turn of the year.