Peterson and Veolia unveil Great Yarmouth decommissioning facilityCompany News // June 18, 2015
Peterson has announced a £1 million investment in the development of a purpose-built decommissioning facility in Great Yarmouth.
The site in Great Yarmouth Port, operated with joint venture partner Veolia, and developed in cooperation with the Port, and with support funding from NewAnglia LEP, will provide operators in the Southern North Sea (SNS) with access to a full service decommissioning facility and Veolia-Peterson’s market leading expertise and experience.
The investment will create a bespoke facility located in the western terminal of the recently developed Outer Harbour at Great Yarmouth port, enabling topside, jackets and subsea equipment to be off loaded for dismantling and recycling.
Locating Veolia-Peterson’s expertise in Great Yarmouth will provide operators with a facility within easy reach of the SNS thus minimising the risk and costs associated with transporting infrastructure.
Due to be operational in July 2015, Veolia-Peterson expects to create up to seven new jobs initially, with this expected to increase in line with project requirements and market demand.
Peterson has been operating in Great Yarmouth since 1997 and employs 30 people at its existing facility providing quayside and logistics services.
James Johnson, Decommissioning Manager, Peterson said, “As recently highlighted by industry body Decom North Sea, costs for decommissioning North Sea offshore assets over the next decade are forecast to be around £14.6 billion. We have a real opportunity, working in collaboration with our partners, to establish Great Yarmouth as the centre for decommissioning for the SNS, delivering comprehensive, safe and cost effective decommissioning solutions.”
Ian Williams, Industrial Services Director at Veolia said “This new decommissioning facility allows us to provide the oil and gas industry an even larger portfolio of facilities across the whole North Sea. Through our established track record and unrivalled experience in compliance and reuse we can help customers exceed their environmental targets.”
Peterson was awarded £70,000 from New Anglia LEP’s flagship Growing Business Fund, to help establish the new facility. The centre, based at the Outer Harbour, is located on one of six sites on the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone.