SBM Offshore, a Dutch based provider of systems and services to the global offshore oil and gas industry on Friday announced it has together with Talisman presented a plan to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway regarding repairs of the grouting of the legs of the Yme platform.
The repairs follow the decision by the operator of the platform Talisman to de-man the platform claiming that the grouting in the legs needs repair. The repairs are scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.
To remind, SBM’s client, Talisman, on July 11 decided to evacuate the Norwegian North Sea situated platform, due to the discovery of potential cracks in the grouting around the legs of the platform.
After completion of the repairs, people will be allowed back onto the platform to inspect the consequences of the platform having been unattended for a long period of time. Subsequently, Talisman and SBM Offshore will be able to agree the plan forward for the platform.
This week, during the Offshore Energy 2012 Conference & Exhibition, an Offshore Energy Today journalist asked Kees Willemse, Director Proposals & Technology Development, SBM Offshore, about the warnings issued by Talisman Energy that Yme could collapse into the North Sea this winter.
Willemse responded that such scenario would not take place and that all the necessary works would be done to make the platform fit for duty before the winter kicks in.
The Yme field, located 100 km offshore Norway, was supposed to deliver first oil back in 2010, but has failed to do so, mainly due to the issues with the platform delivered by the Netherlands-based SBM Offshore.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, October 28, 2012