Buchan Alpha platform decommissioning firms launch Shetland community benefit fund

Buchan Alpha platform arrives for decommissioning at Dales Voe, Shetland
Buchan Alpha platform arrives for decommissioning at Dales Voe, Shetland

The 12,000 tonnes Buchan Alpha oil platform is being dismantled by Veolia and Peterson at the  deep-water Dales Voe harbour in Lerwick.

This is believed to be the first major North Sea floating production vessel facility to be disposed of in Scotland. 

Veolia has begun the dismantling of the steel structure to maximise the recycling rate with the aim of achieving 98% recycling rates.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President, Veolia, said: We are expecting a growth in the decommissioning market and the Buchan Alpha contract is a significant example of this type of the potential expansion of this sector in Scotland.

“These offshore assets will now be recycled to give them a second, third or even fourth life creating jobs and investment in the local economy.”

Meanwhile, the two companies have further collaborated to set up a £10,000 community benefit fund to help provide support for local charities and voluntary and youth groups.

James Johnson, Decommissioning Manager, Peterson added “We are committed to making a positive impact in the local communities in which we operate and have actively supported various community projects for many years. We are delighted to be working with Veolia to create a formal scheme to provide funding for a variety of projects.”

23 Nov 2017


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