PETERHEAD’s very own one-of-a-kind advanced waste treatment facility has opened its doors for business at the Stoneyhill Resource Recovery Park.
North sea oil and gas operators from the north east went along to the official launch day last Tuesday, October 4, with a view to using the new multi-million pound treatment facility.
Nuvia SITA’s new NORM facility, will clean and recycle equipment from North Sea oil and gas operations affected by Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM).
The facility is unique in the UK in that it has its own approved, on site disposal route. More importantly, it provides the region’s oil and gas operators with the means to comply with SEPA’s new guidelines on the disposal of NORM generated during fossil fuel recovery operations which came into effect on Saturday, October 8.
Businessmen and women were last week shown the facilities at Stoneyhill and how they were to be used efficiently.
Ewan Hill, business anager at Nuvia SITA NORM Ltd has moved the Buchan area to fulfil his new role at Stoneyhill.
He told the Buchanie: “I moved here from Glasgow after working at a comtaminated soil remediation plant, this opportunity came up with NSN Ltd and it seemed really exciting. I studied NORM as part of my Masters degree so it’s great to take what I learned at University and put it into practise.
“We received a timely boost last week when we heard from SEPA that our RSA 93 authorisation had been approved.
“This means that we are now in a position to make an immediate start on active operations. This new treatment facility is a significant and critical addition to the infrastructure of the region’s oil and gas industry supply chain. It will provide safe and secure, long-term treatment and disposal of NORM in an environmentally responsible manner.
“We are recruiting at the moment, and hope to take on four or five members of staff initially, with a view to expanding these numbers as the business requires.
“Ideally we can recruit locally, and training will be provided, not everyone will hold the desired skills and that’s why we are willing to invest in people to bring them up to the requirements for the job.
“Our launch day was fantastic and we had the chance to meet with a number of operators who are extremely interested in the new facility.”
The new facility was opened on by Brian Nixon, chief executive of Decom North Sea, the offshore oil and gas decommissioning forum.
He said, “Since the establishment of Decom North Sea eighteen months ago, I have witnessed a steadily increasing awareness of, and interest in, the forthcoming programme of offshore decommissioning. Our role in the offshore decommissioning sector is to stimulate innovation, facilitate collaboration and promote capacity building within the supply chain. So it’s extremely heartening to have all three of our ambitions demonstrated in the new Stoneyhill NORM Treatment Facility.
“Nuvia SITA NORM is an excellent demonstration of companies combining their respective strengths in response to an important market demand.
“The venture has co-invested in this exemplar facility to increase industry capacity, and has also demonstrated innovation by adapting proven NORM waste treatment processes that have previously been established in the nuclear industry.
“I am therefore delighted and honoured to have been invited to open the Stoneyhill facility, and I hope it goes on to earn its rightful place in the emerging decommissioning industry.”
To find out more about NORM, and how the treatment facility at Stoneyhill will operate, visit www.nsnorm.com