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Unique collaboration embracing decommissioning opportunities and challenges

Unique collaboration embracing decommissioning opportunities and challenges


Peterhead recently became home to Scotland’s first dedicated subsea decommissioning hub focussing on the circular economy when NorSea Decom threw open its gates in the Aberdeenshire town – and services are already in demand from a growing customer base of operators and marine contractors.

The new name is the product of a collaborative approach by NorSea UK and Phoenix Decom to focus on the safe and compliant management of decommissioned subsea infrastructure and waste logistics.

NorSea Decom believes that a unique turnkey approach to executing a subsea decommissioning contract provides clients with a single contracting interface which will manage and deliver the complete onshore scope of work.

By balancing traditional and emerging markets to bolster sustainability and minimise carbon production, the new relationship-based venture uses decades of expertise to create an exciting vertically integrated, fundamentally local, supply chain which emphasises cost optimisation, process simplification and professional delivery of right-sized solutions.

Thousands of tonnes of decommissioned equipment and waste have been handled by the NorSea Decom team, including flexible risers, umbilical reels, Xmas trees, manifolds, wellhead protection structures and mid-water arches from tier one global operators with interests in the North Sea – and they ensure they divert as much as possible from landfill, successfully reusing and recycling when possible.

The move further utilises NorSea UK's expansive Peterhead base where more than £2 million has been invested in readying the 30,000m² Smith Quay and Merchants Quay facility for its new chapter.

From this customer-facing, fully licensed and permitted base, NorSea Decom steps into the foreground as a single, integrated management contractor solution to look after the complete onshore scope of work from receipt of potentially contaminated subsea structures through cleaning and size reduction before transportation to the final repurposing/re-use location.

NorSea UK also operates from its headquarters in Aberdeen’s Altens Industrial Estate. The privately-owned company provides supply bases and integrated logistics solutions to the energy and other industries. Across its operations, the company aims to deliver high-tech, innovative and complete supply chain solutions which are tailored to customer needs.

While Phoenix Decom Ltd is a new name to the NORM and decom market, the business is engrained with specialist waste, environmental and logistics expertise from previous NORM and decommissioning projects. The experienced staff have over 200 years of combined industry knowledge: they are agile and responsive with a focus on full legal compliance and at the same time protecting our customers reputation.

A collaborative and unique, turnkey approach can respond to all waste management challenges and with regional support available from NorSea Group, offering an unrivalled network of locations both bordering the North Sea Basin and internationally through additional global locations.

NorSea is an innovative and customer focused supply chain manager. The company provides supply bases and integrated logistics solutions to the offshore industry. For more information visit

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Published: 13-10-2021

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