Kurian, V.J. and Ganapathy, C. (2009) DECOMMISSIONING OF OFFSHORE PLATFORMS. In: 2nd Construction Industry Research Achievement Innovation Conference 2009 (CIRAIC 2009), 3-5 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur.

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In the development of offshore platforms, many jacket platforms were constructed in the seventies both
in continental shelf and in deepwater of depths around 300m. As the service life of these platforms was
about thirty years, at present, the decommissioning of several platforms are being planned and executed.
Offshore platform decommissioning is a challenge in terms of planning and executing the work in an
environmentally sensitive, safe and economical way. This is particularly true in the context of large
deepwater platforms. While a number of new technologies are being developed, a review of these
methods is appropriate and this paper discusses the decommissioning methods. The decommissioning
starts with the removal of conductors, subsea systems and topsides followed by the installation process in
reverse sequence. Each module is removed and placed on a cargo barge and towed to different locations
depending on the planning for subsequent use. The usual methods of decommissioning are; Complete
Removal, Partial Removal and Remote Reefing. It may be stated that the Partial Removal scenario,
combined with conventional heavy lift vessels, severing and subsea technologies, is currently the safest and most cost-effective technique. Evaluation of cost sensitivity issues and the cost of alternative technologies are discussed in this paper. The environmental effects on the marine aquatic life due to explosive method and alternative methods of diamond cutting system, abrasive water jet cutting system,
diver cutting system etc. are also reviewed. A novel and new method of decommissioning is also presented and discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments / MOR / COE: Departments > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Prof Dr Kurian V John
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 02:45
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 08:25

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