WEDNESDAY marked the end of an era at the St Fergus gas terminal last week, as TOTAL E&P UK Limited prepared to remove the two gas fired furnaces from the decommissioned Miller site.
Standing at 34 metres high and located at the south side of the terminal, the twin furnaces have been the most visible presence of the Miller Receiving Facilities since 1992. They are amongst the last significant items to be removed from site as part of the decommissioning process.
Gas export from the Miller field was via a pipeline system comprising a 241 km sealine to the receiving facilities at TEP UK’s gas terminal and then on via a 26” diameter landline to Peterhead Power Station. In 2007, Miller reached the end of its economic oil and gas producing life and the decommissioning process began.
The procedure of ‘toppling’ the furnaces to ground level will be conducted by Keltbray – a specialist company highly experienced in this field and will involve the use of small controlled explosive charges. These charges will initiate the toppling process, prior to the assisted pulling to the ground of the two columns. Once safely on the ground, a systematic process will follow to dismantle the furnaces and send for recycling the scrap steel.
Throughout the preparation and planning process, TEP UK and Keltbray have consulted with SEPA and kept the Police informed. All health and safety precautions have been considered and measures put in place to mitigate risk to personnel, the environment and the plant.