First offshore platform for decommissioning arrives at new Veolia-Peterson facility in Great Yarmouth

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The first section of an offshore platform has arrived for decommissioning at Veolia-Peterson’s purpose built facility at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.

The Shell Leman BH topside’s arrival at the Port will be followed by a separate 50m high steel jacket structure which will remain pinned to the sea floor until its transfer to Great Yarmouth later this month.

The purpose built Veolia-Peterson decommissioning facility at Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour, which is owned by Peel Ports Group, will manage the deconstruction and recycling of both topsides and jacket structures that comprise of around 1,600 tonnes of materials and assets. 

The topside, which was previously used as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms, has now come to its new home to be recycled.

Approximately 10 new jobs will be created thanks to the works, with further expansion and employment as other projects develop.

With a target of achieving a 97% recycling and re-use rate, the Veolia-Peterson contract is one of the first to cover the receipt and disposal of offshore assets and materials from Shell UK‘s operations in the Southern North Sea.

The arrival of the offshore assets marks one year since Peel Ports announced the purchase of Great Yarmouth Port Company Limited (GYPC). It signifies a period of significant growth and investment at the port.

Richard Goffin, Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, said: “Since Peel Ports took over at the start of 2016, we’ve collaborated with the wider industry on a number of significant contracts across the offshore energy sector making this a very exciting time for the Port. The arrival of the Shell Leman BH topside at Veolia-Peterson’s purpose built facility is very exciting for the Port.

 “As the East of England’s premier offshore energy port we’re strategically located to serve the Oil and Gas fields of the southern North Sea and the existing and planned Offshore Wind development off the UK East Coast. We look forward to welcoming more projects of this kind which support the local economy and supply chain as well as providing employment opportunities.”

The Veolia-Peterson partnership has been providing onshore decommissioning services for over 10 years after being set up to cover the full decommissioning of platforms. This includes 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.

Supported by Peel Ports Great Yarmouth, Local Enterprise Partnership, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk County Council, Veolia-Peterson’s new decommissioning site at Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour aims to establish Great Yarmouth as the centre for decommissioning, and to expand to meet the growing need for this type of work. 

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