Veolian has been contracted to decommission and recycle offshore oil platforms after the end of their operational life at Great Yarmouth, UK, in partnership with Peterson. 

After completion of their operational life, the offshore platforms will be brought to an area 40 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth for decommissioning. The facility is scheduled to receive first platforms for decommissioning in the next few months.

Veolia decommissioning general manager in the UK and Ireland Simon Davies said: “These new contracts show collaboration in action right down the supply chain. Our partnership with Peterson has worked well at a number of sites and projects over the last ten years, and we are very pleased to have secured all the contracts into Great Yarmouth.”

The partnership will procure valuable materials from the aged platforms for recycling purposes. The company intends to recycle 96% of the materials through its dismantling. Complete recycling is expected to take four years.

"More than 80,000t of offshore materials has been recovered by the partnership to date."

Peterson regional director Ron van der Laan said: “We have been working hard on this development since 2013. These contract awards are a significant milestone and step towards establishing Great Yarmouth as a centre of excellence for decommissioning in the southern North Sea.”

The company claims that the introduction of this new facility at Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour will create ten new jobs. It will require more staff as the project develops.

The joint venture between the parties has delivered onshore decommissioning services including decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services, as well as associated integrated logistics, marine and quayside services in the last ten years.

More than 80,000t of offshore materials has been recovered by the partnership to date.


Image: Veolia and Peterson to recycle offshore oil platforms at Great Yarmouth site. Photo: courtesy of Veolia UK.