Up to 50 jobs to be created as decommissioning facility secures major contract

CESSCON Decom has launched its new decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife in a move which Fife Council said will create up to 50 jobs.

Invest Fife – a Fife Council economic development team – has been working with Scottish Enterprise and CessCon Decom, which has included a £7 million investment programme to expand the site to allow access for larger structures to be dismantled.

The facility was awarded its first contract in December (2020) by Allseas for the onshore decommissioning, dismantlement and recycling of Spirit Energy’s Morecambe Bay DP3 and DP4 facilities in the East Irish Sea.

Work on the project is to commence immediately, with the contract involving the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of material at CessCon Decom’s facility in Methill.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said, “The award of this major onshore decommissioning contract is evidence of the growing strength of Scotland’s decommissioning supply chain and the capabilities, knowledge and skills held within the industry.

“I am delighted to see how recent investment through the Scottish Government’s decommissioning challenge fund and the vacant and derelict land fund has been used to develop the decommissioning potential of Methil Docks and to help secure major projects within this key growth sector.

“With the market for oil and gas decommissioning forecast to reach £15.2 billion over the next decade, there is huge potential for the Scottish supply chain to capitalise on this opportunity and to continue to develop its world class capabilities. At a time in which the decommissioning supply chain continues to be significantly affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is welcome news that this new facility has secured its first major dismantlement and recycling contract.”

Councillor Altany Craik, convener – economy, tourism, strategic planning & transportation committee, commented, “This is great news for CessCon Decom. It is a significant contract with Allseas, which includes the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of materials at Cesscon Decom’s newly established facility at Energy Park Fife. I hope it is the first of many such contracts!

“This announcement also reinforces the importance of the decommissioning sector to Fife, which will bring a significant economic boost to the region’s economy, with the creation of between 30 and 50 jobs, with scope to increase this in the years to come.

“We have invested significantly in the Decommissioning Campus at Energy Park Fife to capture such contracts, as well as to target the Central North Sea structure dismantling projects. Covid-19 has delayed this slightly, but this significant contract, shows that decommissioning activity is starting to pick-up.”