Platform taken out of the frame

Equipment which will be used on an oil platform which is in the process of being decommissioned has been fabricated by AJ Engineering.

A trial fit of the WellGear “Well Intervention” system has taken place at Waterford

The frame will have several functions including replacing ESD valves and conductor recovery.

However, its first project will be the plugging and abandoning of the drilling wells on the Brent Charlie, which is in the process of being decommissioned after over 40 years of service.

Brent Charlie is the last of four platforms in the Brent Field to be put out of service following the decommissioning of Brent Delta in 2011 and Brent Alpha and Bravo which ceased production in November 2014.

Project manager Craig Johnson who actually worked on the Charlie and Bravo for four years  explained: “The initial lifespan of the Brent Field was 25 years but through continuous improvement and investment in the 90s they manged to increase the lifespan of the field beyond expectations.

“The trial fit has gone extremely well so I would like to thank everyone involved in the fabrication and welding of this project, we look forward to working with WellGear more in the future.”

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