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Veolia joint venture kicks off oil rig recycling

Veolia has received its first offshore oil rig at a decommissioning facility at Great Yarmouth established as a joint venture with logistics specialist Peterson.

The accommodation block (‘topside’) from the Shell Leman BH platform was brought into the harbour on 11 July, and the 50m-high steel ‘jacket’ structure that supported it is due to follow later in the month.

The contract was awarded to the partnership by Boskalis, which is responsible for offshore removal and transport operations.

It is expected the facility will manage the deconstruction and recycling of around 1,600 tonnes of materials and assets.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president, Veolia UK and Ireland, said: “By decommissioning these platforms, we can unlock resources to give them a second, third or even fourth life. This project will continue to show how we can maximise the recycling of these platforms and drive sustainability in the industry.

“Our partnership has successfully delivered a number of projects in the past 10 years, and this one will further the growth of the business and local opportunities in Great Yarmouth.”

The Veolia-Peterson services include decontamination, deconstruction, waste management and environmental services. To date the joint venture has recovered more than 80,000 tonnes of offshore materials.

Peterson regional director Ron van der Laan added: “This project is a positive sign for Veolia-Peterson in Great Yarmouth, and follows the award of two contracts late last year. It will build on the successes achieved so far, and represents a further step towards establishing Great Yarmouth as a centre of excellence.”

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