Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Malin Newbuild and Well-Safe Solutions join forces to deliver UK’s first Saturation Diving Module for decommissioning activity

Malin Newbuild has secured the contract with Well-Safe Solutions to build and outfit a 200 tonne Lloyds Classed steel-framed, single-lift Saturation Diving Module which will be fitted to the Well-Safe Guardian.

As the first dedicated well decommissioning rig in the UK to be fitted with a Saturation Diving System, the Well-Safe Guardian will be uniquely placed to decommission first generation subsea infrastructure installed by divers. This infrastructure is often better-suited to being safely decommissioned by divers than by remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) due to its age and fragility.

The project represents the latest in a line of collaborative scopes between the two organisations, with a specialist team of Malin Newbuild staff moving to Burntisland to form an integral part of Well-Safe Solutions’ wider project team.

The design for the modular unit was undertaken by Malin Abram, a sister arm of the organisation who specialise in consultancy, design and heavy lift transportation.

After acquiring the Well-Safe Guardian in 2019, Well-Safe Solutions embarked on an extensive overhaul, modernisation and upgrade of the semi-submersible rig in the Port of Nigg, including a complete fabric maintenance program executed to ensure total readiness for the next ten years of offshore well decommissioning operations. The modular, containerised spread, expected to be complete in May of this year, forms a vital part of this extensive programme.

Malin Newbuild, fabrication experts and part of the Malin group, combine heritage and expertise with creativity and a drive to develop best practice within the industry. This latest scope showcases their breadth of expertise from the maintenance of the module general arrangements, weight register and 3D modelling of the modular unit, to the practicalities of electrics, cladding, insulation, partitions and fire systems – plus everything in-between.

Gary Mitchelson, Business Unit Lead, Malin Newbuild: “We have been working with Well-Safe for many years now, on a range of services focused on their Well-Safe Guardian semi-submersible decommissioning rig. This latest scope represents an opportunity to showcase our collaborative efforts as we work to fabricate and deliver the approved design. We are delighted to be associated with such a progressive Tier 1 contractor.”

Phil Milton, CEO, Well-Safe Solutions: “At Well-Safe Solutions, we believe that safe, smart and efficient well decommissioning operations benefit greatly from effective collaboration.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing our working relationship with Malin Group, who are providing a turnkey solution which will add immediate value to our state of the art well decommissioning rig.”

The Module will be fabricated into easily road transportable sections and assembled in Burntisland, before testing and installation on the Well-Safe Guardian.

About Malin Newbuild

Malin Newbuild specialise in the fabrication and outfit of complex marine equipment and vessels to a client’s own set of drawings and specifications. Their in-house execution team consisting of project managers, fabrication experts and planners, allows them to take a set of client plans, either fully realised or part designed, and assist in turning these into the reality of a working end product. They form part of the Malin Group, a family of specialist marine engineering companies, providing end to end solutions to the global marine industry. Their fabrication facility in Renfrew is one of the biggest in Scotland, and includes a loadout quay for the delivery of larger structures by sea. The group employ over 120 people in Renfrew, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

About Well-Safe Solutions

Founded in 2017, Well-Safe Solutions provides the complete well decommissioning plug and abandonment (P&A) capability for the global energy industry.

With over 200 employees on and offshore, Well-Safe Solutions operates from international headquarters in Aberdeen, UK. Its decommissioning specialists support clients from front-end engineering and design, to project execution and the retention and reintroduction of lessons learned.

Well-Safe’s groundbreaking ‘P&A Club’ approach to decommissioning pairs a wealth of oil and gas experience and knowhow with significant investment in bespoke, fit-for-purpose marine and land-based assets.

Well-Safe Solutions is the first-of-its-kind Tier 1 company with dedicated P&A-prepared rigs. The Well-Safe Guardian semi-submersible rig is one of two assets owned and operated by the organisation, featuring a smart well intervention system and dive spread capabilities. The other, the Well-Safe Protector, is a heavy-duty jack-up rig which has compelling advantages for supporting platform well decommissioning, including tactical advantages in preparation for platform removal.


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