Forth Ports and AF Offshore Decom UK have signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture (JV) called AF Dundee, which will be responsible for developing a North Sea oil and gas decommissioning hub at the port of Dundee, Scotland. 

Owned by Forth Ports, the port of Dundee is considered a good location to enable a significant share of North Sea decommissioning work to be performed there. 

It is also located close to several UK North Sea oil and gas assets and is also well-connected to rail and road links, port facilities and on-site supply chains. 

Forth Ports chief executive Charles Hammond said: “Our vision is to position Dundee as a major decommissioning centre for the North Sea and to ensure that customers gain access to an efficient, cost effective decommissioning solution.

"Our vision is to position Dundee as a major decommissioning centre for the North Sea."

“Partnering with such an established and respected organisation as AF Offshore UK will certainly enable this vision.”

Currently, the port is installing a £10m quay extension that will enable it to manage large-scale loads generally required during decommissioning operations.

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AF Offshore Decom UK president Bengt Hildisch said: “We have been seeking the right opportunity that enables us to build and expand our capabilities to the UK and create a sustainable, solution together with our facility in Norway, for the whole of the North Sea.”

A subsidiary of AF Gruppen, AF Offshore Decom UK operates AF VATS Environmental Base in Norway, one of the advanced facilities for decommissioning offshore installations in the North Sea. 

Image: Forth Ports and AF Offshore Decom UK to form new joint venture. Photo: courtesy of Forth Ports Limited.