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THE FINAL stages of the Buchan Alpha decommissioning project have now been completed.

Metal recycling company John Lawrie said that its staff have downsized the four remaining pontoon structures and associated steelwork, processing 2,841 tonnes of steel for recycling in 37 days and 1,628 manhours.

The team recorded no lost time or environmental incidents, achieving a 100 per cent recycling rate in the process.

The Buchan Alpha platform was originally delivered to Shetland in 2017, with the topsides downsized at Dales Voe.

The final stage of the project involved the Buchan Alpha pontoons being moved from their storage location onto the quayside at Greenhead Base by Ocean Kinetics, which then brought in John Lawrie to complete the final phase of the three-year project.

John Lawrie managing director Dave Weston said: “We are delighted to have been part of the final stages of this project, with our local facilities in Shetland being utilised to process all the waste metal.

“The team have done a superb job; this is another example of how having an experienced specialist metal downsizing crew working together with a clear understanding of what is to be achieved can ensure minimal disruption and maximum benefit for all parties.”

Photo of Buchan Alpha arriving at Dales Voe: Shetland News