The decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour facility has reached a significant milestone as contractor Petrofac Facilities Management Limited (Petrofac) has begun Phase One of the decommissioning process.
The process will see the Northern Endeavour disconnected from subsea equipment and the suspension of the oil wells.
The facility is moored in the Commonwealth waters in the Timor Sea, between the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields. It stopped oil production in 2019, after being shut down by National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for immediate breeches in health and safety.
“The Australian Government remains committed to the successful decommissioning of the Northern Endeavour, the removal of infrastructure and the remediation of the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields,” said Madeleine King, Minister of Resources and Northern Australia.
“Petrofac taking operational control is a significant step in the decommissioning process.”
The US$355mn contract was drawn up with Petrofac in March 2022 to deliver the first phase of the decommissioning project.