Removal of Harding Field Oil Export System


The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved the Decommissioning Programme for the removal of the obsolete Harding Submerged Turret Loading (STL) System. The STL system is being replaced with a new loading system which will enable the export of hydrocarbons from the Harding platform to shuttle tankers for the remaining economic life of the field.

The decommissioning programme was submitted on behalf of the Harding field owners; TAQA Bratani Limited and Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited, as required by Section 29 of the Petroleum Act 1998. A wide range of stakeholders have been consulted on the programme, including governmental organisations, environmental groups, fishing associations and the public.

The items covered by the Harding field STL Decommissioning Programme are located 2km to the east of the TAQA operated Harding platform in block 9/23b, 320km north-east of Aberdeen in the central North Sea. The STL is comprised of eight suction anchors, eight mooring lines, a messenger/pick-up line, marker buoys, offloading riser and the submerged turret.


The Harding STL Decommissioning Programme can be viewed below:

Harding STL Decommissioning Programme

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Sandy Hutchison, Legal, Commercial and Business Services Director at TAQA, Tel: 01224 275275.