Maersk divisions form oil and gas decommissioning business

More than 400 fields in the North Sea alone are expected to cease production by 2026

Nuclear smart system producer to open new UK site

A producer of automated handling systems is to open a new facility in Cumbria as a part of a long-term investment in the UK. PaR Systems aims to open the site this year and has recently agreed to an extended framework agreement supporting nuclear decommissioning at Sellafield. The firm says the new facility will give […]

UK’s floating rig decommissioning ‘at minimal levels’

The market for decommissioning floating oil and gas infrastructure is currently dominated by five countries, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, China and Pakistan. That’s according to a new study commissioned by Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise (SE) and the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF). It says the activity that has taken in place in […]

Robots battle in nuclear clean-up challenge

Five projects have been awarded a total of £8.5 million to develop robots that can tackle some of Sellafield’s most radioactive hotspots. The robots controlled by smart auto navigation systems made it through to the final stages from a shortlist of 15, each receiving up to £1.5 million to build prototype demonstrators for testing in a simulated […]

Scotland awards £1.5m for North Sea decommissioning

Six oil and gas projects across Scotland have been awarded a share of £1.5 million to help develop decommissioning technologies. In the second round of funding from the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund, grant offers have been made to schemes across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kishorn, Shetland and Orkney. The government initiative will see recipients of the […]

UK-France pledge closer ties on climate change, nuclear decommissioning

The UK and France have pledged to work together on civil nuclear decommissioning and climate change. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark with with French minister earlier this month and committed to working more closely on research and innovation across various sectors including artificial intelligence and space. Mr Clark highlighted the importance of sharing knowledge […]

Sellafield clean-up completes first stage

One of the largest hazard reduction projects ever undertaken at the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning site has finished its preliminary stages. This involved six car-size holes being cut in the site’s oldest radioactive waste storage facility, followed by airtight doors being installed in preparation for its robotic clean-out. The milestone means Sellafield and its supply chain […]

Scotland provides £1.1m for oil and gas decommissioning

Seven oil and gas decommissioning projects across Scotland have been awarded a share of £1.1 million. The first round of awards from the Decommissioning Challenge Fund aims to improve port and shipyard infrastructure to make North Sea decommissioning easier, cheaper and more effective. The scheme has offered grants to initiatives in Methil, Montrose, Ardersier, Stornoway, […]

More than 200 North Sea rigs to close by 2025

More than 200 oil and gas platforms and close to 2,500 wells across the North Sea are scheduled to be decommissioned by 2025. That’s according to new information published by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea. The groups say this will take place on 349 fields across the region, including six on the […]

Two UK firms win £6m Sellafield contract

Two companies in the UK have won a share of a multi-million pound contract at Sellafield. TSP Engineering and Cavendish Nuclear will supply containers for decommissioning the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS). The 50-tonne containers will be used to move radioactive materials from the MSSS to newly constructed treatment and storage facilities on the site. […]