Cromarty Firth decommissioning permit

Port of Cromarty Firth Port of Cromarty Firth has been issued two decommissioning permits to deal with emissions and radioactive materials

Port of Cromarty Firth has boosted its environmental scope as the first port in Scotland licensed to undertake decommissioning projects.

The port has been issued a decommissioning permit under the Radioactive Substances Act by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), which follows on from the first decommissioning permit granted to the port in November.

Captain Calum Slater, general manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said that the permits mean “the Port is now decommissioning ready. We have the licences, capacity, experience and infrastructure, combined with a strategic location in the North Sea, and we are currently in talks with a number of companies about bringing this work to the Highlands.”

Minimising effects

This Radioactive Substance Act (RSA) Permit regulates the keeping and use of radioactive materials and the accumulation and disposal of radioactive waste.  This includes Normally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM), which can be generated through the oil production process.

The regulations are designed to minimise the potential effects to both human health and the environment. They contain specific limitations and conditions under which radioactive substances can be used, stored and disposed of.

Managing emissions

The first decommissioning permit granted to the port ensures that emissions to air, water (including discharges to sewer) and land must be considered together, to enable environmental management and protection.

The permits cover almost the whole of the port-owned Invergordon Service Base; around 600m of quayside and 80,000sqm of laydown area.  It allows for the processing of 50,000 tonnes of waste material per year.

Companies decommissioning their assets can choose a turnkey solution using the port’s consortium of specialist companies, or their own supplier.


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