BP Hands North Sea Miller Keys To Petrofac

Published at 03:53PM - 28/04/16

BP has awarded a Duty Holder contract to Petrofac, effectively handing over the control for the offshore Miller platform.

The signed contract is for ‘life of asset’, and has been put in place to allow Petrofac to complete the  remainder of the Miller platform’s decommissioning and removal from field.

“I am pleased that we are making another step towards the efficient decommissioning of Miller with the award of a Duty Holder contract to Petrofac.” said Win Thornton, BP’s VP Decommissioning.

Miller Decommissioning

The contract is for ‘life of asset’ but has a four-year ceiling at which point extension options will be reviewed as required. Petrofac will assume Duty Holder responsibility for the non-producing Miller asset. 

Production at the BP Miller Platform, ceased during July 2007.  Since then BP has undertaken well abandonment and topsides clean up on the asset and anticipates that the topsides will be removed during 2017 or 2018.

Petrofac will now manage all aspects of both on and offshore activities, to enable a smooth transition from BP and in preparation for the next phase of the planned decommissioning programme for Miller.

BP Hands North Sea Miller Keys To Petrofac

BP will remain the licence owner for Miller and they will continue to pursue and evaluate a range of options for decommissioning the asset fully. 

“We are delighted to be supporting BP as it moves to the next phase of its decommissioning programme on the Miller platform.” said Walter Thain, Managing Director Petrofac Engineering & Production

“Our people deployed on the asset have the knowledge, skillset and flexibility to deliver the activities in line with BP’s requirements and we are looking forward to being part of the next stage of the Miller journey.”

BP’s Win Thornton concluded: “The award is the culmination of an extensive market engagement and contracting process in which Petrofac demonstrated strong alignment to the Miller decommissioning project drivers.”