With more than 50 years’ experience as a leading centre for installing and servicing Southern North sea (SNS) gas platforms, the East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ) has a golden opportunity to become a world-class centre of excellent for SNS decommissioning.
It has the skills and experience of working with the offshore structures in an often-hostile environment. In some cases, companies from the region will even be involved in decommissioning the same platforms which they helped install.
Its credentials, and highly competitive mindset, passion for new ideas and cost-efficient ethos, means it could be the centre for all shallow water decommissioning further afield, in the Netherlands, Denmark and beyond.
A purpose-developed decommissioning facility created by a partnership of Peterson and Veolia in the Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour is already handling SNS recycling projects having successfully decommissioned a Leman topside and jacket in 2017. It is poised for the industry’s peaks, predicted for the next two years and the late 2020s.
There is a potential market of £30bn over the next 30 years with more than 470 platforms eventually to be wholly or partially removed from the North Sea.
More than 164,800 tonnes of ageing infrastructure – some 20 years over its original life span – needs to come onshore for recycling and disposal. Just ten percent of the North Sea’s 440 fields and more than 800 production facilities has been removed so far.
The SNS is the perfect trialling ground for North Sea decommissioning because, with smaller gas platforms, the infrastructure is easier to handle and more accessible for companies to collaborate on campaigns.
Decommissioning is a fast-changing and evolving part of the life-cycle of SNS gas and the East of England and its supply chain and support network is prepared.
The Oil, Gas & Decommissioning brochure available to download below provides more details of the opportunities or contact us to find out more.