Port of Blyth in the UK has received a decommissioning licence from the UK Environment Agency (EA).
The permit was secured after working closely with the EA for a 12-month period and will enable the port to enter the offshore decommissioning market.
Port of Blyth is currently developing a site for use during decommissioning activities at its Battleship Wharf terminal.
The designated 2.3ha decom site is scheduled to be ready for use in 2018 and will be licensed to manage up to 50,000t of offshore energy materials a year as the port aims to focus on small-to-medium sized projects.
Port of Blyth chief executive Martin Lawlor said: “Securing this decom licence is excellent news for the Port of Blyth.
“It enables us diversify our offering to the offshore energy market and makes good use of our experience of the sector particularly in relation to our heavy lift and project cargo handling expertise.”
The port expects to benefit from the increase in decommissioning activities in the North Sea.
In addition, association with new clients such as Global Marine Group and DeepOcean, as well as key roles on multiple large scale projects, are expected to strengthen the Port of Blyth’s position as an offshore energy support base.
Decommissioning sector’s membership organisation Decom North Sea chief executive Roger Esson said: “This successful application for a decommissioning licence from the UK Environment Agency clearly demonstrates the benefits brought by early communication between the supply chain and sector regulators.
“The Port of Blyth has clearly prepared for the scope of North Sea decommissioning work to come, and I am delighted to see the North East of England rise to the challenge of optimising the opportunities that arise within the sector.”