Sita and and radioactive waste expert Nuvia have begun construction of a facility for cleaning and recycling North Sea gas and oil equipment which has been contaminated by natural radioactive material.
The £3m treatment facility, which is being built in Stoneyhill, Aberdeenshire, will treat and recycle equipment contaminated by naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), a mineral scale by-product of the oil and gas recovery process.
Initial construction on the de-scaling facility includes a containment system and an ultra high-pressure water jetting pump system. After the equipment has been de-scaled, metals and pipework can then be re-used or recycled, while any NORM mineral scale will be encased in cement and landfilled at Stoneyhill.
Nuvia Sita NORM director Alan Gerrard said: “This new treatment facility will provide the oil and gas industry with a simple and safe solution to NORM disposal. The plant at Stoneyhill will be first new plant in the Aberdeen area providing North Sea operators with a service compliant with the guidelines governing the treatment and disposal of NORM waste.”
The facility is expected to open in the autumn.