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Small decommissioning boost

The modules arrived on board the barge Wismar on Monday - Photos: Hans J Marter/ShetNews

LERWICK harbour continues to attract decommissioning work from North Sea oil and gas fields.

This week, Peterson, operator of the offshore supply base at the Greenhead, unloaded three large subsea templates by self propelled multi-axle trailers supplied by heavy lift firm, ALE.

They are now at the decommissioning pad ready to be decontaminated and dismantled.

The templates were set down in the licensed decommissioning pad for further decontamination and dismantling by specialist firm Veolia.

The three subsea structures with a total weight of around 1,100 tonnes had arrived earlier in the week on board the large barge Wismar.

James Johnson, the company’s decommissioning manager, said: “There is quite a lot of materials coming into Lerwick to our decommissioning facility, mainly arriving on diving support or construction vessels.

“This is the first load-in from a barge that we have done, in Lerwick, since 2007, which makes it significant.”

Johnson said that Peterson couldn’t reveal the name of the oil company involved nor the field the installations were coming from, for contractual reasons.