Maersk welcomes Scotoil on board for 37,000-tonne N. Sea decommissioning project

Two Maersk 100-tonne subsea arches are docked at Aberdeen prior to final decommissioning
Two Maersk 100-tonne subsea arches are off-loaded at Aberdeen prior to final decommissioning

Two subsea arches weighing around 100 tonnes each are just some of the items that have been landed at Aberdeen harbour as the port supports Maersk’s decommissioning project for the James, Janice, Affleck and Leadon North Sea oil fields

In conjunction with Scotoil, Maersk is working to recover subsea infrastructure from these decommissioned fields in nine shipments from these fields to the port.

The Janice decommissioning programme involves more than 37,000 tonnes of material being brought ashore, of which more than 90% from the four fields will be recycled.

Craig Smith, Managing Director, Scotoil, said: “Several of the units involved in this job have been too large to ship by road, but we have been able to use Aberdeen harbour and the Scotoil Licensed Area within the port to down-size the units, ready for onward road transportation and final decommissioning.

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