Houston-based InterMoor has landed a key offshore decommissioning contract from Chevron for the disconnection and removal of two single point mooring buoys in the Gulf of Thailand.

InterMoor will provide “project management, engineering, procurement, as well as offshore execution for the decommissioning of the floaters”, the company said.

“The offshore campaign is expected to commence once necessary endorsements are in place,” it noted.

InterMoor aims to execute the project by “utilising a variety of high specification vessels to carry out the decommissioning activities along with cutting tools and other auxiliary/associated equipment”, the company added.

Vin Bala, general manager of InterMoor’s Asia Pacific business, said that while InterMoor continues to enhance its reputation as a “major transportation & installation (T&I) service provider in the Asia Pacific region”, one of its “unique strengths has always been in the decommissioning of subsea assets”.

Offshore decommissioning in Thailand has built up momentum in recent years, and the Department of Mineral Fuels within the Ministry of Energy has mapped the scale of the challenge.

As of April 2020, Chevron had 298 wellhead platforms under its operatorship and 14 large processing platforms, as well as eight living quarters platforms, 11 other types of platform; and three floating storage and offloading vessels in the kingdom, according to the department.

A spokesperson for Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production confirmed to Upstream earlier this year that it has awarded contracts for the engineering and procurement scopes related to pipeline decommissioning work in the Erawan field.

Chevron operates the Erawan field offshore Thailand and its concession expires next year, with Thailand’s PTTEP set to replace the US supermajor as the operator, partnered by Mubadala Petroleum.

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