The facility will see the arrival of the 50m-high steel jacket structure that supported the topside later in this month.

The Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility will recycle the topside, which was earlier served as living quarters for personnel working on the Leman BT and Leman BK platforms.

Boskalis, which carries out offshore removal and transport operations, has awarded the contract to the partnership. 

The decommissioning facility is said to manage the deconstruction and recycling of both topsides and jacket structures, which include around 1,600 tonnes of materials and assets.

The facility is suitably positioned to manage projects from the Southern and Central North Sea, helping to support the local economy and supply chain.

Veolia-Peterson’s decommissioning services include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services, as well as associated integrated logistics, marine and quayside services.

Veolia UK and Ireland senior executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff said: “These are valuable assets in our seas and by decommissioning these platforms we can unlock resources to give them a second, third or even fourth life.

“This latest project will continue to show how we can maximise the recycling of these platforms and drive sustainability in the industry.”

Peterson regional director Ron van der Laan said: “This project is a positive sign for Veolia – Peterson in Great Yarmouth, and follows the award of two contracts late last year.”

Image: The Shell Leman BH platform has reached Great Yarmouth decommissioning facility. Photo: courtesy of Veolia.