Mil­lions to dis­man­tle Maui plat­form

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

It is ex­pected to cost hun­dreds of mil­lions to de­com­mis­sion the Maui gas field plat­forms and pipe­lines when the gas runs out but Shell says that’s prob­a­bly 35 years away if the com­pany suc­ceeds in its bid to ex­tend the field for an­other three and a half decades. And Shell is ex­pected to still be around then to dis­man­tle the op­er­a­tion, de­spite op­po­nents of the ex­ten­sion be­ing anx­ious about what seems to be a lack of for­ward think­ing when it comes to the re­dress of the site at its de­com­mis­sion, states na­tional me­dia.

Maui is re­ported to be at the end of its use­ful­ness and no longer pro­duces, as it did in the past, nearly all of this coun­try’s gas, now merely fill­ing in the gaps be­tween sup­ply and de­mand. The field has a min­ing per­mit for 21 years, with the re­main­ing years of the 35-year con­sent ex­pected to be given over to the long process of dis­man­tling the op­er­a­tion. There is re­port­edly no man­date that bonds Shell into de­com­mis­sion­ing the struc­ture but Shell Todd Oil Ser­vices be­lieves the Dutch com­pany will not shirk in its obligations when the time comes. It would be “highly un­usual” if ev­ery bit of equip­ment was re­moved from the field and pos­si­ble that the rig is sim­ply top­pled into the sea to cre­ate a reef.

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