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Buchan-A platform arrives for disposal

UK operator entrusts Veolia to dismantle old production platform in Scotland 

The Buchan Alpha semi-submersible production platform has arrived in Lerwick, Shetland, for disposal, according to Repsol Sinopec Resources UK.

The old semisub will initially be moored offshore Lerwick in deeper water where the thrusters will be removed to reduce the draught, allowing it to be moved to the quayside within the next few weeks.

The disposal contractor is Veolia, which will dismantle the steel structure to maximise the recycling rate with the aim of achieving 98% recycling rates.

Veolia was partnered by decommissioning specialist Paterson.

The work will be carried out at the Dales Voe site in Lerwick. Buchan Alpha is believed to be the first major North Sea floating production facility to be disposed of in Scotland.

The 12,000-tonne semisub was built in 1973 as a drilling rig and converted for production purposes in Stornoway between 1978-80.

It began producing in 1981 from the Buchan field and also produced the nearby Hannay field.

Production ceased on 12 May 2017 having produced around 148 million barrels of oil, said Repsol Sinopec.