Royal Boskalis Westminster subsidiary SMIT Salvage has been awarded a contract to remove a damaged jack-up platform from the seabed offshore Angola.
During its installation near a pigging platform in July 2013, the platform suffered a punch-through and subsequently rolled over and sank to 30m water depth.
The contract follows extensive site surveys and other preparatory activities carried out by a Boskalis survey team and by SMIT Salvage, last September.
SMIT Salvage will remove the hull, legs, and other components originating from the jack-up platform, for which it will mobilize a diving support vessel, a work barge, anchor handling tugs, and specialized equipment.
Following the receipt of the required permits, the salvage operation is expected to commence in Q2 of 2014.
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