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Veolia begins decommissioning North Sea gas platforms

Environmental firm Veolia, teaming up with energy contractor Peterson SBS, is starting the decommissioning of a North Sea gas steel platform at Swan Hunter shipyard on the River Tyne this week.

The structure, which is 17 storeys high, arrived on a barge from the Shell UK Indefatigable gas field, 75km offshore in the Southern North Sea. It is the first of eight barges scheduled to arrive at the shipyard over four months.

Veolia Environmental Services will dismantle these structures with its offshore decommissioning partner, Peterson SBS, who will provide logistics support, marine management and load-in services.  

The project brings the Swan Hunter shipyard, which was established in 1860 and ceased shipbuilding last decade, back into service. However Swan Hunter still continues to operate in the marine, design and engineering field.

It is planned to safely decommission 10,500t of redundant gas platform parts from April to October this year with a target recycling rate of 98%.  The work is set to directly create 35 jobs and contribute at least a million pounds to the local economy. 

Veolia Environmental Services will operate the facility under an Environment Agency permit with a bespoke health and safety and environmental management system and comprehensive environmental reporting.

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