First N. Sea oil rigs to arrive for decommissioning in Great Yarmouth

The N. Sea oil rig decommissioning dock at Gt. Yarmouth
Wide open for business – the N. Sea oil rig decommissioning dock at Gt. Yarmouth

Peterson, part of the Veolia-Peterson partnership, has won two platform decommissioning contracts for recycling at their Great Yarmouth dock yard.

With an aim of reaching 96% recycling rates the work to recycle materials and assets is expected to begin in spring 2017 when the platforms arrive onshore.  

The contracts include the onshore receipt and disposal of offshore materials and several assets for a major gas producer. The work will cover disposal options for a number of production complex platforms, and surrounding satellite platforms, located around 40 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth. Recycling is expected to start this year and will take around four years to complete.

Recovering these platforms at the end of their operational life is essential. Now using the new facilities the valuable materials that they contain can be carefully captured and returned to industry for re-use, and where possible assets that have further operational life can be sold. This, in turn, helps boost the sustainability of the industry and becomes part of the circular economy.

Developed as part of the partnership between Peterson and Veolia, and supported by Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Local Enterprise Partnership, Great Yarmouth Burgh Council and Norfolk County Council, the new decommissioning site at Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour has been selected to receive the structures.

The new works will help create approximately 10 new jobs.

Simon Davies, Decommissioning General Manager, Veolia, said: “The industry has been looking for collaboration and these new contracts show collaboration in action right down the supply chain. Our partnership has worked well at a number of sites and projects over the last ten years, and we are very pleased to secure the first important contracts into Great Yarmouth.”

Ron van der Laan, Regional Director, Peterson, added: “We have been working hard on this development since 2013. These contract awards are a significant milestone and step towards establishing Great Yarmouth as a centre of excellence for decommissioning in the North Sea”.

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