Heerema’s Balder completes offshore removal of Morpeth TLP
Last month, Heerema’s deepwater construction vessel Balder completed the offshore removal of the Morpeth tension-leg platform (TLP) on behalf of Eni US Operating Company. The removal consisted of the 2650-short-tonne topside, 2500-short-tonne hull, and 1300 short-tonnes of tendons and piles.
Balder mobilised to the Morpeth Field in mid-April to begin executing the TLP removal. The campaign involved the engineering, preparation, removal, and disposal of the offshore infrastructure.
Following the successful removal of the components, the topside was transported by barge, the tendons and piles on supply vessels, and the hull wet towed for recycling at MARS (Modern American Recycling Services) facilities at various US locations. See extra pictures of the project below.
This project was the first TLP removal campaign for Heerema. In 2020, the company set a record by removing 85,277 metric tonnes of decommissioned structures in one year.