Subsea decommissioning hub created at Peterhead quays

A leading provider of integrated logistics solutions has cemented its focus on a key emerging market by creating Scotland’s first dedicated subsea decommissioning hub.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 7:10 am
Craig Smith and Karen Russell are involved in heading up the decommissioning hub based in Peterhead.

NorSea UK has collaborated with Robertson-IES Ltd and CR Smith Services Ltd to unveil NorSea Decom, an entity solely concerned with the safe and compliant management of decommissioned subsea infrastructure and waste logistics.

The move will further utilise NorSea’s expansive Peterhead base where more than £2 million has already been invested. The company has operated a shore base in the town since 2014 where activity centres on Smith Quay and Merchants Quay.

The base has already handled over 5,000 tonnes of decommissioned equipment and waste including, flexible risers, umbilical reels, Christmas trees, manifolds, wellhead protection structures and mid-water arches from tier one global operators with interests in the North Sea.

Walter Robertson is also involved in overseeing the project.

Overseeing project-based activity will be NorSea UK country manager Karen Russell, Robertson-IES Ltd managing director Walter Robertson and Craig Smith, owner of CR Smith Services Ltd.

Karen said: “As the UK oil and gas industry enters its fifth decade, it’s important that we simultaneously embrace traditional and emerging markets to bolster sustainability.

"This new venture will use the expertise we have gathered in the past to secure our future with a vertically integrated, fundamentally local, supply chain at the heart of operations.”

Walter added that the business would focus on supporting operators and marine contractors with a unique service which would manage the complete onshore scope of work, from receipt of potentially contaminated subsea structures through cleaning and size reduction, before being transported to their final repurposing/re-use location.

Craig said: “We understand the importance customers place on securing compliant and cost-effective solutions. Acting as management contractor for all onshore activities, we will optimise costs, simplify the process, and professionally deliver safe and compliant working practices to ensure we protect our customers reputation.”