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Able ready to meet offshore decommissioning challenge

Able UK’s expertise and world-class facilities for offshore decommissioning has been highlighted at a major conference this week.

The conference in Aberdeen, organised by the industry’s independent organisation Decom North Sea, examined the challenges and opportunities in offshore decommissioning, with costs forecast to reach in excess of £50billion over the next 35 years.

Says Able UK’s Group Development Director Neil Etherington, who spoke at the conference, “We have the benefit of long experience in decommissioning and recycling structures at our Able Seaton Port facility on Teesside—since 1985 we have imported over 60 structures for major clients, including many leading oil and gas companies as well as the French and US Governments.

“Currently we are investing in a major programme of work at the facility—including construction of what will be one of Europe’s heaviest load bearing quays, enabling platform jackets and topside to be loaded on to it for dismantling.

“As this conference underlined, dealing with the many North Sea structures as they reach the end of their operations is going to be a costly and lengthy process and we are confident that Able Seaton Port will play a major role in meeting the challenge.”

Able has been awarded the contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell operated Brent field. It will see three platform topsides, as well as a 138metres high steel platform jacket, transported from over 100 miles north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port where they will be dismantled and recycled using the latest techniques and technologies.

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