Lucrative potential of offshore recycling
Veolia and Peterson have begun recycling the first offshore structure at their new UK decommissioning facility, in a new lucrative market which could drive further sustainability in the industry.
The purpose-built facility at Great Yarmouth Harbour will manage the deconstruction and recycling of both topsides and jacket structures that comprise around 1,600 tonnes of materials and assets.
Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president, Veolia UK and Ireland said: “These are valuable assets in our seas and by decommissioning these platforms we can unlock resources to give them a second, third or even fourth life.”
“This latest project will continue to show how we can maximise the recycling of these platforms and drive sustainability in the industry.”
The first part of the Shell Leman BH platform accommodation block previously served as previously used as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms. The 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside is due to follow later in July.
Boskalis, which is responsible for offshore removal and transport operations during the decommissioning project, transported the structure to the facility. It has been tasked with achieving a 97% recycling and reuse rate.
Recovering offshore production platforms and facilities and decommissioning them in a responsible manner is routine business for operators as oil and gas fields reach the end of their productive life. And it's a lucrative prospect market for ports and harbours.
The Great Yarmouth facility is ideally placed to manage projects from the Southern and Central North Sea, supporting the local economy and supply chain.
Veolia-Peterson services include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services together with associated integrated logistics, marine and quayside services.
To date the joint venture has recovered over 80,000 tonnes of offshore materials and achieved ‘excellent’ environmental assessment ratings in the process.
The new decommissioning site was developed by Peterson and Veolia and supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership, Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council.