September 23, 2022

A new dismantling center in Aberdeen to create up to 50

CessCon Decom, a Scottish company specializing in the decommissioning of oil and gas structures, plans to launch a decommissioning center in the £400million South Harbor expansion of the Port of Aberdeen in the third quarter of 2022, creating up to 50 new jobs.

The new hub will be located within Crathes Quay in South Harbor and will provide dismantling, recycling and reuse services with a focus on underwater infrastructure. The increase in employment is expected over the next 12 months, and CessCon said it would encourage applications from people living locally.

The facility is established under a memorandum of understanding between the port and CessCon. The agreement complements and extends the decommissioning services currently offered at the Port’s North Harbor and CessCon’s Energy Park Fife decommissioning facility.

The South Harbor Dismantling Center will provide heavy haul areas, impermeable concrete dismantling and processing areas, water collection and treatment facilities, material storage areas, offices and canteens.

“CessCon is committed to the circular economy and reusing and repurposing equipment is a primary goal for all projects. The company has a minimum target on all projects of 98% reuse and recycling (in weight) of all materials and has achieved over 99% reuse and recycling on multiple projects to date,” said CessCon.

According to the parties involved, the expansion of South Harbor significantly improves the capacity and capacity of the port, adding 1.4 km of deep water berths, a considerable number of heavy loads, flexible depot space and large project areas.

The port began a “soft start” to operations at South Harbor in July and has already welcomed a range of vessels as construction continues apace. South Harbor will be operational at the end of October 2022 and construction will end in the second quarter of 2023 when the last wharf is commissioned.

Aberdeen South Harbor – illustration of the South Harbor layout, the decommissioning center will be located in a section of Crathes Quay

The Port of Aberdeen expansion is at the heart of the North East Scotland Green Freeport offering which will create up to 32,000 high quality jobs and opportunities for those who need it most, increase GVA by 8, £5 billion and transform the region into the ‘Net Zero Capital of Europe’. The bid is supported by a wide range of private sector companies, academics and parliamentarians from all political divisions.

Bob Sanguinetti, General Manager of the Port of Aberdeen, said: “We are delighted to announce the new decommissioning center with CessCon Decom in South Harbour. This is one of many exciting opportunities we are pursuing to attract more decommissioning work to Aberdeen.

“Decommissioning is an important part of the UK’s energy transition and there are increasing opportunities to reuse, repurpose and recycle materials during the decommissioning process. We are focusing on this with CessCon and it complements our vision of becoming Scotland’s first net zero port at the heart of the country’s energy transition. »

“South Harbor is an asset of national strategic importance to the Scottish and UK governments. Green Freeport status for the North East of Scotland is essential if we are to maximize the economic benefits of the project for the local community and the national economy.

Lee Hanlon, CEO of CessCon Decom, said, “The new facility will be capable of handling turnkey decommissioning projects and associated vessels. The large laydown and treatment areas and the water depths allow us to accommodate vessels up to 300 m in length. With direct access to the North Sea, the facility is well placed to serve the growing dismantling market alongside our Energy Park Fife dismantling facility in Methil, Fife.

This move is the latest step in our plans to capitalize on the huge North Sea dismantling market. Our ongoing project to decommission, reuse and recycle Spirit Energy’s Morecambe Bay DP3 and DP4 platforms at our Energy Park Fife site is proceeding very well and with other ongoing projects in the UK, as well as the development of our new Anson yard in Brunei, in the south of East Asia, we are on the right trajectory to achieve our growth strategy.