Aberdeen harbour given boost with decom work

Aberdeen Habour is helping support Maersk Oil’s North Sea decommissioning programme.

The Danish operator is currently taking apart the infrastruture around its Janice development, some 170 miles from the city.

Among the items that have come ashore at the port include two impressive mid water arches weighing in at around 100 tonnes each.

The arches are used to support pipelines on the sea as they rise up to the surface.

The Janice decommissioning programme involves removing more than 37,000 tonnes of material which has to be brought ashore.

The Janice floating production unit handled oil and gas from its namesake field as well as the James and Affleck fields by way of a subsea tieback.

A total of nine shipments, due to be complete in September, will be brought to Aberdeen by the vessel Maersk Achiever.

Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “The port has been handling decommissioning work for several years now, including the decommissioning of sizeable structures since 2014, and we are ideally placed to support such work, given that we are home to a range of specialist disposal and recycling service companies, fully licensed SEPA approved project areas, and our trunk road accessibility.

“Our capabilities in this area are due to expand even further once Aberdeen South Harbour is operational in 2020, but we continue to welcome decommissioning work into the existing harbour, and believe that the service we are providing is of the highest quality.”

The work has been carried out in conjunction with Scotoil and Maersk Supply Service.

Craig Smith, managing director of Scotoil added: “Several of the units involved in this job have been too large to ship by road in their current state, but we have been able to use the Aberdeen Harbour and Scotoil Licensed Area within the port to down-size the units, ready for onward road transportation, thereby providing a cost-effective processing solution for our customer. We hope to carry out many similar projects in conjunction with Aberdeen Harbour Board in the future.”

Mid water arch at Aberdeen harbour

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