Fairfield Energy has awarded Bibby Offshore Ltd. the contract for the subsea infrastructure decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area, the company said on Feb. 7.

Bibby Offshore has been awarded the contract and will procure supporting services from a consortium of suppliers, including the Port of Cromarty Firth.

The scope of the contract includes the subsea infrastructure associated with the Osprey and Merlin subsea fields and other infrastructure tied back to the Dunlin Alpha Platform. These scopes were defined in the decommissioning programs approved by the Offshore Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning.

The contract, which has been awarded on an engineering, preparation, removal and disposal basis, marks an important phase in the decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area.

“We are excited to be entering this latest phase in the successful decommissioning of the Greater Dunlin Area,” John Wiseman, Fairfield Energy’s managing director, said. “We look forward to partnering with Bibby Offshore and the wider consortium through the safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective execution of the subsea infrastructure decommissioning phase of the project.”

“The award demonstrates the importance of our track record for safe and effective project delivery, and the confidence in Bibby Offshore’s ability to continue to provide a first class service to clients,” Howard Woodcock, Bibby Offshore’s CEO, said.

All materials transported onshore to the Port of Cromarty Firth will be broken down by suppliers into transferable loads before being transported to the appropriate disposal and recycling locations. These activities will be completed within 12 months of the last offshore shipment arriving in port.

The award of the contract marks the first decommissioning project secured by the Port of Cromarty Firth, adding additional capability to the facility.

The three-year contract, which has a multimillion pound value, has an initial execution window of two years for offshore activities. The engineering work is due to start immediately, with offshore mobilization expected in April 2018.