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Gryphon subsea recycling work for TWMA

Oilfield Technology,

TWMA has been awarded a contract by Maersk Oil to handle and dispose of subsea structures and equipment damaged during the Gryphon FPSO storm incident earlier this year.

The company is contracted to handle the recovered structures and equipment which suffered damage when storm weather in the UK North Sea caused the Gryphon FPSO to move off station in February.

The contract is worth a six-figure sum and was awarded to TWMA as part of Maersk Oil’s ongoing Gryphon recovery and repair programme. 

TWMA’s workscope covers onshore handling, cleaning and cutting of subsea structures including risers, riser bases, flowlines, umbilicals, mid water arches and mattresses.  The firm will maximise recycling and reuse options for all recovered materials.

The subsea structures and equipment will be recovered offshore prior to landing at Lerwick harbour, Shetland, where they will be transported to TWMA’s onshore waste transfer station in Vatster Gott, Shetland.

Brian Henderson, environmental services division manager of TWMA, said, “Maersk Oil is one of our longest standing clients and we are delighted that they have chosen to use TWMA for this important recovery project."

“We anticipate that 95% of the subsea material recovered from the Gryphon field will either be reused or recycled, thus dramatically reducing the volume of waste sent for landfill."

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