The biggest decommissioning contract at Lerwick Harbour yet is about to get underway with the arrival on Saturday 12 August of a former floating production unit from the Buchan Field, in the North Sea.

Moored initially in deep-water Dales Voe to deballast, the semi-submersible Buchan Alpha will be moved alongside Dales Voe Base for dismantling and recycling over the next year or so.

Operator, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK awarded the contract to Veolia, in association with Peterson. Around 12,000 tonnes of materials will be brought ashore over the next year or so.

Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive of Lerwick Port Authority, said: “The arrival of Buchan Alpha is another significant milestone following more than a decade of decommissioning at Lerwick. Recent investment, extending the Dales Voe quay and laydown, and progressing plans for an ultra-deep-water quay as the UK solution to future requirements reflect our commitment to capability and competitiveness as a leader in the emerging decommissioning market.”

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