DP6 & DP8 Simplification Project

30th September 2018
  • Projects

With assets in the North Sea outliving their original life cycle due to new Hydro-Carbon retrieval technologies, operators are taking the decision to upgrade and simplify their assets, process and control systems.

DSL were awarded an EPC contract to complete Process simplification, controls upgrade and structural repairs to two Normally Unattended Installations (NUI’s) DP6 & DP8 which form part of the Morecambe Bay production complex in the  South Irish Sea.

To do this they partnered with a Design & Engineering house for the FEED and Process design & engineering. The project work scope  involved the simplification of systems on board these two platforms to   enable the client to achieve a higher level of automation and increased production efficiency and minimise routine & intervention visits to the assets.

In addition, there was also a partial topsides Decommissioning scope i.e. redundant vessels, drilling Sub Structure etc.

Throughout the project over 500 tonnes of scrap steel was removed from the asset

  • Client: Spirit Energy
  • Contract completion: Sept 2018
  • Value: £24,000,000

DSL completed in excess of 300,000 man hours in total without any LTI’s on this project, over 6234 of these hours were actual On-rope hours also without any LTI incidents.


Project description

The work scope involved numerous work tasks in what were challenging conditions spanning;

  • Instrumentation, Electrical and Telecoms systems upgrades.
  • Structural decommissioning
  • Process & Utilities Piping rationalisation
  • Redundant Equipment Removal
  • Rope access Personnel and Equipment E&I & Black trades
  • Barge interface & de-Interface
  • Supply of MATCOs, Lifting Appointed Persons, Coxswains
  • Structural and Piping installation

Services provided

  • Dedicated Project Management, HSE, & Planning Team
  • Design-Engineering and Fabrication
  • Creation of comprehensive work packs
  • Creation of Risk assessments
  • Offshore Construction Services (Mechanical & E&I)
  • Offshore Management & Supervision

Benefits to the client

  • Use of Tier 2 contractor to complete EPC workscope normally associated with a Tier 1 contractor
  • Collaborative approach between Client & Contractor
  • Open discussions leading to innovative ideas resulting in cost and time efficiencies
  • Open sharing of Information between all parties
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