BLYTH, Northumberland UK: September 09, 2019. The Port of Blyth has completed its largest oil and gas decommissioning project following the delivery of several wellheads and wellhead protection structures last month.
The port has been working with Maersk Decom, a joint venture between Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service, to manage the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructures for Perenco’s Thames field in the UK North Sea.
Dismantling and downsizing of the recovered structures took place at the port’s Battleship Wharf terminal and follows on from several smaller projects and the recent removal and decommissioning of two 2-megawatt turbines owned by EON. Located off Blyth, the turbines were part of the UK’s first offshore wind farm to reach the end of their technical lifespan.
Port of Blyth CEO Martin Lawlor commented: “Successfully completing this project on time and on budget alongside major partners in Maersk Decom and Maersk Supply Service is very satisfying. It further proves the viability of our fully licensed decom facility and thanks to our enviable mid-North Sea location gives us an opportunity to position ourselves as a major player as decommissioning in the sector ramps up over the coming months and years.”
The port is home to some of the world largest offshore and renewable energy firms with a designated 2.3 hectares decom site licensed to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials per year.