One of the country’s most ambitious decommissioning businesses, Offshore Decommissioning Services Ltd (ODS), is opening its UK headquarters in Dundee in early 2019. Following 14 months of R&D and conceptual design ODS was established in 2017 by a team of oil and gas professionals with decades of engineering, construction and commissioning experience in the industry. ODS will focus on the imminent decommissioning requirements in the North Sea, and subsequently operate around the world.

ODS is developing specialist technology to support the removal and decommissioning
of future North Sea Oil & Gas decommissioning projects. ODS are building a UK
flagged multi-purpose heavy lift vessel to be named “Moonraker I” (see attached
image), which will be delivered in 2021 in readiness for the anticipated escalation in
North Sea decommissioning demand.

The investment in Moonraker 1 is significant and this unique vessel is designed for
single lift of topsides up to 30,000MT and jacket and subsea infrastructure up to
12,000MT. When in operation, Moonraker 1 will be manned by a crew of 70 people and
can also provide pipeline and bundle removal along with offshore installation projects
which coincide with the lifting capabilities. Moonraker 1 will also be supported by a
newly established engineering and logistics hub which will be located in the city of

Working with Dundeecom, ODS chose Dundee for their hub as it is optimally placed to
accommodate a significant share of North Sea decommissioning work due to the
proximity to many UK North Sea oil and gas assets, rail and road links, port facilities,
on-site supply chain, the city’s skilled workforce and local universities and colleges
which ODS believe will be vital in upskilling their workforce.

Commenting on the announcement, Lee Johnson, Chief Executive of ODS said: “It
is ODS’s ambition to reduce the cost and time to decommission topsides, substructures
and subsea infrastructure and we believe ODS, working with others in Dundee, can
bring a holistic and commercially attractive decommissioning solution to the industry.
We can deliver the OGA strategy on cost reduction, regulatory compliance and
contractual and commercial optimization from Dundee.

“We wanted Dundee to be our logistics base due to the strong potential R&D network,
including academia and industry bodies as we as the synergies with businesses
already located in the city. Access to local available, capable and cost effective labour force is also a major benefit for our business. We look forward to moving into Dundee next year.”

Callum Falconer, Chief Executive of Dundeecom said: “By locating in Dundee, ODS
will be a significant part of the Decommissioning offer to the marketplace. With other
complementary businesses already located in Dundee including Augean, Wellsafe
Services and Oilmac, and with the Port of Dundee already providing an unrivalled
location, space and infrastructure, we are without doubt establishing Dundee as the UK decommissioning hub”

ODS Chief Executive, Lee Johnson (on right) with Callum Falconer, CEO of Dundeecom (on left). Image credit: DC Thomson.

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