By DARA BUTTERFIELD
NorSea Group has been awarded north-east Scotland’s first major “small piece” decommissioning contract worth £500,000 – which is also the company’s first decommissioning win.
Work has already begun on the six-month project which is being carried out – at the company’s Peterhead facility – on behalf of Endeavour Energy and involves safe disposal of subsea manifolds and associated pipework from the Renee and Rubie fields.
All materials from the fields, which lie some 120 miles off Aberdeen, are being delivered to Smith Quay. An important element of the project is the requirement that re-use of returned material be maximised and NorSea Group is set to achieve a 100% recycling rate.
The returned material includes 1,000 tonnes of concrete mattresses – which will be used as hard-core in road construction projects – 200 tonnes of pipework and skid units which will be recycled as scrap metal; manifold valves which will be refurbished and re-used and a 17 tonne crossover manifold which will be transported to the Fort William Underwater Centre, where it will be used for diver-training.
Walter Robertson, Managing Director, NorSea Group, said: “This is our first decommissioning win and the first such project to be carried out in the North-east. We are primarily known as a logistics and base services company servicing the offshore industry but as part of our future growth strategy we are developing our decommissioning capability.
“In the current economic climate we anticipate that many more decommissioning projects will be coming forward and we are already involved in tendering for additional contracts in this area.
“In addition to Peterhead we have facilities at South Quay, Montrose capable of carrying out similar types of small piece decommissioning work, so we see great potential for servicing additional contracts there.”
NorSea Group (UK) was established as the UK wing of its Norwegian parent company NorSea Group in 2013 when it opened its first office in Aberdeen.