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Offshore Decommissioning

Our offshore decommissioning services include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services together with associated logistics. 

Veolia has a series of strategically-placed facilities to cover all of the UK North Sea assets.

Our Greenhead facility at Lerwick Harbour, in Scotland, has an unrivalled track record in reverse installation, barge offloading and subsea equipment, servicing the central and northern North Sea. Our newly developed deep-water Dales Voe decommissioning facility can accommodate the biggest heavy lift vessels and rigs, as well as having the flexibility to handle smaller operations.

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How we can help

We have dedicated sites for offshore decommissioning waste that we operate across some of the most remote places in the UK, and we work with numerous industry partners, namely Peterson, to ensure all streams are received and disposed of in an efficient manner.

  • Lerwick Greenhead Base
  • Lerwick Dales Voe
  • Great Yarmouth

Find out more about our offshore decommissioning sites below.

How do we create value for you?

Our customers benefit from full service decommissioning including decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services together with associated logistics. Using in-house capabilities, we can process over 98% of infrastructure by reuse, resale and/or energy efficient recycling techniques.

Lerwick Greenhead Base

Our Lerwick Greenhead Base offers excellent facilities for supporting offshore projects whether it is standard cargo supply works or the handling of large-scale projects.

The base has large modern sheltered concrete quaysides, built in 1997/98 with further extensions to those facilities in 2012/13, along with ample laydown and storage areas available for storage of project equipment and logistics support for offshore operations.  This site has road links to our Lerwick Dales Voe base, located on the west side of the headland and today, we offer the following services on our Shetland sites:

  • Onshore project management and project support.
  • Supply base operations
  • Materials control & manifesting
  • Open storage and warehousing
  • Cargo handling
  • Agency & shipping services
  • Industrial fuel and bunkering
  • Lifting and distribution services
  • Decommissioning & marine services
  • Provision of craneage & rigging services to Sullom Voe Terminal and Shetland Gas Plant.

The site consists of:

  • A concrete pad of approximately 20,000m2
  • Built in drains within the pad run to a Class 1 Full Retention Interceptor
  • 3800m2 Warehouse storage included within licensed area
  • Decommissioning Pad, which contains double bonded storage areas, quarantine areas and emergency stations.

Lerwick Dales Voe

Our Lerwick Dales Voe site is a deep-water quay which has a draft of -12.5m and has been constructed to 60Te/m2 with 800te/m for linkspan loads, making it capable of receiving Single Lift structures for decommissioning workscopes. 

The facility offers warehousing along with extensive laydowns and open storage areas, and the site is fenced to meet ISPS requirements and can be monitored 24/7 via CCTV. The location and layout of the facility makes it ideal as a dedicated area for project operations with its single point of access and dedicated quay.  In addition, the short distance to our Greenhead Base Decommissioning Facility is highly advantageous to accommodate multiple or large scale projects.

Great Yarmouth

The Great Yarmouth Outer Harbour development is in the heart of an industrial port area and is ideally situated for disposal of Southern North Sea platforms within easy sailing distance for removal contractors.

The site occupies 10,000m2 directly behind the west Terminal 4 quayside in the Great Yarmouth outer harbour facility but depending on the size and type of decommissioning project, other areas within the harbour could be utilised.  The services offered on this slide include:

  • Onshore project management and project support
  • Engineering
  • Supply base operations
  • Materials control & manifesting
  • Open storage and warehousing
  • Cargo handling
  • Agency & shipping services
  • Lifting and distribution services
  • Provision of craneage & rigging services
  • Marine services
  • High pressure water jetting
  • Cleaning services
  • Demolition
  • Mechanical services
  • Decontamination
  • Liquid waste disposal
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Recycling

Shell Indefatigable – Decommissioning & Recycling Provision

  • Main Contractor for the onshore decommissioning and recycling of the gas platforms from the Indefatigable field in the Southern North Sea.
  • All structures transported to Veolia’s licensed decommissioning facility at Wallsend for onshore disposal and recycling
  • 16 barge ‘load-in’ operations managed
  • Veolia waste management strategy provided the best available environmental option to achieve the maximum recycling rate
  • ​98.8 % recycling & reuse rate

Total Frigg TCP2 Gas Platform - Piece Large Decommissioning

  • Veolia successfully managed the entire onshore decommissioning process including inspection, decontamination, deconstruction, storage and load-out of materials.
  • The structure was transferred onshore to a purpose-built facility at Lerwick, Shetland as a single piece.
  • Structure weight ~ 8730 tonnes
  • All works completed on schedule and without incidents or environmental impacts
  • 98.9% recycling rate

Strategically-placed facilities to cover all of the UK and Norwegian North Sea assets

Strong focus on health, safety and the environment

Piece Small, Reverse Installation or Single Lift decommissioning strategies