New pad targets subsea decommissioning waste

Recent arrival at Lerwick Harbour, Phoenix Decom, has reached mid-point in the creation of a heavy-duty pad as part of its purpose-built facility at the port.

The 2,200 square metre pad is being developed by Lerwick Port Authority and built by local company, Hunter & Morrison. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023, with projects due to start using the new facility in the new year.

It is located within easy reach of the quayside at the Port Authority’s long-established Greenhead Base. A subsea decommissioning specialist providing integrated onshore services, Phoenix Decom is targeting disposal of waste materials at berths six and seven. Phoenix Decom also has facilities in North-east Scotland.

Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains, said: “It’s another positive development to have a new decommissioning contractor positioned at Lerwick, with the prospects for increasing activity in vessel arrivals and materials processed.”

Craig SmithCraig SmithManaging Director

“The new base will add to our growing business and the relationships we have built with the local supply chain in Lerwick. We have invested around £1 million in the last year, including at Lerwick where we are in the process of recruiting locals to enable growth.

Craig Smith
Managing Director

“Two very large projects, exceeding 5,000 tonnes in weight and worth seven figures, have already been completed at the port, using the local supply chain extensively, as well as working with the Port Authority. We are particularly pleased with the recycling and reuse of over 1,000 tonnes of concrete mattresses.”

It will be the third fully licensed quayside decommissioning pad with required environmental permits at the port, reinforcing Lerwick’s role as a leader in the market for decommissioning oil & gas structures from the North Sea and Atlantic.

Visit Phoenix Decom website for more information.

Midway inspection – Phoenix Decom Managing Director, Craig Smith (right), and Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains (left), inspect construction of the new pad at Greenhead Base.

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