The Port of Blyth in northeast England is set to make a strategic move into decommissoning following being awarded a decommissioning license from the UK Environment Agency.
During 2018, the port will ready a site at its Battleship Wharf terminal for decommissioning operations.
The designated 2.3ha decom site within the terminal is now licensed to handle up to 50,000-tonne of offshore energy materials per year with the Port likely to focus on small to medium sized projects and pieces up to 4000-tonne in response to demand.
The site has direct access to deep water berths to over 9.5m and an adjacent rail link. Work will now start to prepare a heavy duty concrete base and quarantine areas for hazardous waste including NORM.
The port worked with the Environment Agency for 12 months prior to the environmental permit being granted.
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “Securing this decom license is excellent news for the Port of Blyth. It enables us diversify our offering to the offshore energy market and makes good use of our experience of the sector particularly in relation to our heavy lift and project cargo handling expertise.”
Having reported a second consecutive year of record financial figures in April including a 17% growth in turnover, the Port is now viewed as one of the UK’s fastest growing Trust Ports, driven largely by a surge in offshore related activities in recent years. The development of decommissioning activities in the North Sea seen as a key area for growth in the future.
Port of Blyth will be attending the Offshore Decommissioning Conference in St Andrews, Scotland, supported by OE, next week.