PSA: Green light for B-11 platform disposal

Gassco has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to remove and dispose of the B-11 platform located on the German Continental Shelf. 

B-11 was part of the Norpipe pipeline from the Ekofisk field to Emden in Germany, until the pipeline was diverted around the platform in the summer of 2013.

B-11 was originally operated by ConocoPhillips until the operatorship was transferred to Gassco in 2003. ConocoPhillips is now the technical service provider (TSP) to Gassco for this platform.

In accordance with a 1974 agreement between the Norwegian and German governments concerning this pipeline system, B-11 platform is under Norwegian jurisdiction. However, the PSA says that this does not affect the applicability of German law.

According to the PSA, since the platform is no longer in use, Gassco wishes to remove it. Removal is scheduled to begin in February 2015 and to be completed by 2016.

The PSA has now given Gassco consent to remove and dispose of the facility. The PSA says that the German authorities must now also grant consent for the activities.

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