Works set to begin on Scottish offshore decommissioning yard

Works on the construction of offshore facilities dismantlement area at what will be the Decommissioning Facility at the Energy Park Fife in Methil, Scotland, are set to begin by the end of the year.

According to the Decom North Sea, the planning and development of the Decommissioning Facility at the Energy Park Fife by CessCon Decom in conjunction with Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council has progressed at good pace.

Decom North Sea has said that a multi-million-pound sum is being invested to develop “the UK’s most advanced, purpose-built facility with a substantial hard-standing laydown and dismantlement area with an impermeable concrete surface and water collection and treatment facilities, specifically designed for decommissioning and dismantlement operations.”

Per the organization, the groundworks and construction of the new dismantlement and processing area is planned to start prior to the end of the year, and the facility is on schedule to accept large topsides, jackets and subsea infrastructure from Q2 2020, creating new employment opportunities in the Fife area.

Lee Hanlon, CessCon Group CEO said: ‘The Oil & Gas Authority estimates that 48% of decommissioning spending will take place in the Central North Sea over the next decade. With the Energy Park Fife facility being located on the east coast of Scotland, access to a skilled and experienced workforce, and excellent links to the Fife and central Scotland supply chain, we are in a prime location to service this growing market. Our goal is to decommission and recycle assets at the very same yard at which they were once constructed some 20 or 30 years ago, creating a true circular economy.

Hanlon said that the company has been working to expand its services to provide a full turnkey solution from offshore preparation to onshore dismantlement and recycling. CessCon’s in-house services now include all onshore and offshore engineering, welding, burning, fabrication, construction, barge fit-out, seafastening, onshore dismantlement, and recycling.

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