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Port of Blyth bags decommissioning licence

Port of BlythThe Port of Blyths application for a decommissioning licence from the UK Environment Agency (EA) has been approved. The port is now ready move into the offshore decommissioning market and is preparing a suitable site at its Battleship Wharf terminal for operations during 2018.

The designated 2.3ha decom site within the terminal is now licensed to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials per year with the Port likely to focus on small to medium sized projects and pieces up to 4000 tonnes in response to demand.

Already providing access to deep water berths to over 9.5m and an adjacent rail link, work will commence to prepare a heavy duty concrete base and quarantine areas for hazardous waste including NORM.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of Port of Blyth, said: “Securing this decom licence is excellent news for the Port of Blyth. It enables us diversify our offering to the offshore energy market and makes good use of our experience of the sector particularly in relation to our heavy lift and project cargo handling expertise.”

The port plays host to Global Marine Group and DeepOcean and has been utilised in the realisation of a number large scale projects including the launch of world’s largest pipe laying system with Royal IHC, the Belgium-UK Nemo Link interconnector and the development of EDF Renewables’ Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm.

Roger Esson, Chief Executive of Decom North Sea, the decommissioning sector’s membership organisation, said: “This successful application for a decommissioning licence from the UK Environment Agency clearly demonstrates the benefits brought by early communication between the supply chain and sector regulators.

“The Port of Blyth has clearly prepared for the scope of North Sea decommissioning work to come, and I am delighted to see the North East of England rise to the challenge of optimising the opportunities that arise within the sector.”

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