Lerwick Harbour has taken delivery of its first decommissioning project from the southern North Sea with the arrival on Sunday (14 July) at the Shetland port of Spirit Energy’s Markham Field ST-1 platform.
The steel jacket and topsides, weighing a total of approximately 2,600 tonnes, were removed in single lifts and shipped by Seaway 7’s vessel, Seaway Strashnov, now alongside Lerwick Port Authority’s deep-water Dales Voe Base to lift the structures on to the quayside.
Dismantling and disposal of the structures will be undertaken by the Veolia/Peterson partnership.
Port Authority Chief Executive, Captain Calum Grains, said: “The Veolia/Peterson partnership’s latest success is another significant milestone in Lerwick Harbour’s extensive involvement in decommissioning.
“As well as providing employment in Shetland, it demonstrates for the first time that, with the use of cost-effective crane vessels, rather than barge transfers, to move offshore structures, the port can compete well-outside our immediate markets in the central North Sea and northern waters.
“The ST-1 project strengthens the case we and others have made for Lerwick to become the location for the UK’s ultra-deep-water decommissioning facility, using this technique.
“What we need now is the go-ahead for the facility, building on our capacity, capability and competitiveness to meet the industry’s – and the country’s – future requirements.”
Lerwick Harbour is currently supporting a number of decommissioning projects – Buchan Alpha J, Dunlin and Leadon – with the Ninian Northern platform due to arrive in port early next year.
For further information on decommissioning at the port, please see https://www.lerwick-harbour.co.uk/decommissioning