CESSCON Decom has launched its new decommissioning facility at Energy Park Fife, Methil, with the announcement that it has been awarded Scotland’s largest decommissioning contract to date, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

The facility, which has been in the making for the last couple of years, was awarded its first contract in December (2020) for the onshore decommissioning, dismantlement, and recycling of Spirit Energy’s Morecambe Bay DP3 and DP4 facilities in the East Irish Sea, by Allseas. The contract involves the processing of over 23,000 tonnes of material at CessCon Decom’s facility in Methil.  

CessCon Decom secured this contract as a direct result of a competitive tender and will commence work immediately. The first structures are planned to arrive at the Energy Park Fife facility in early 2021.  

Lee Hanlon, CessCon Group chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Allseas and Spirit Energy to provide onshore decommissioning, dismantlement and recycling services at our new decommissioning facility in Scotland. It is excellent to see that our hard work and determination to establish a new UK dismantlement and recycling facility has been recognised by Allseas and Spirit Energy, and we look forward to delivering a successful project together.” 

InvestFife – Fife Council Economic Development Team – has been working with Scottish Enterprise and CessCon Decom, which has included a £7m investment programme to expand the site to allow access for larger structures to be dismantled. It’s very much been a team approach, with help and support from Fife Council’s planning team, investment secured from a range of sources, as well as InvestFife helping to source the right workforce, and to ensure the correct supply chains are set up, to benefit local businesses and communities. 

Scotland’s Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “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.”