In Energy Voice yesterday:
‘A new company based in Scotland will be the first to offer a new facility in Ayrshire for North Sea decommissioning work. CessCon Decom plans to start handling oil and gas infrastructure at Peel Port’s Hunterston site as early as the first quarter of 2019. Peel Ports is transforming Hunterston into a “decom campus” capable of delivering the full range of dismantling, recycling and asset management services. UK ports have been at a disadvantage to Norwegian counterparts which boast “ultra-deep water” quaysides capable of accommodating heavy lift vessels. But with water depths of 78ft alongside its main jetty, Hunterston will be able to challenge Norway on that front.’
This comes after another report on decommissioning in Scotland:
Aberdeen-based oil rig decommissioning firm creates 200 new jobs and pioneers more economical technique
However, it’s fair to say that we need much greater investment in this market to reap the massive income already known to be there for decommissioning work. See this prediction
‘The estimated bill for decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf is £17.6 billion between 2016 and 2025, says Oil & Gas UK. It places a £2-billion price tag on decommissioning costs for 2017 alone.’
Needless to say, an independent nation would be making sure it got a decent share of this work. I doubt it’s high on the agenda of the Tories in Westminster.
The big barrier to Hunterston achieving its potential is the nuclear submarines which are trauchling up and down to and from Faslane.
The economic development of this part of Ayrshire/Inverclyde, with the latter having a fair amount of marine engineering skills base, is, of course, expendable, in the interests of NATIONAL SECURITY, i.e. the national security of the South East of England, which is not just against ‘THE RUSSIAN BEAR’ (and there has been a fair bit of scaremongering about this recently to divert attention from the Brexit fiasco) but against other parts of the UK developing economic and political power which is not related to the financial sector.
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Hunterston, Nigg and Kishorn have competition, check this out, it indicates the potential profits although Mr Heerema plays the profits down;