Energy Park, Fife

A NEW oil infrastructure decommissioning facility in Fife will be ready for action later this year.

Decommissioning firm CessCon Decom has received a waste management licence from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) for the base at Energy Park Fife (EPF) in Methil.

Authorisations for handling radioactive substances and discharging water are expected to follow soon.

CessCon chief executive Lee Hanlon said the company was participating in multiple live tenders for decommissioning projects and was looking forward to welcoming oil kit to the yard for scrapping next year.

Dredging will be carried out to increase the water depth, allowing large barges to transfer oil platform topside modules and jackets onto the quayside, which will be able to accommodate loads of up to 20,000 tonnes at any one time.

Mr Hanlon said CessCon would be able to bid for projects of a similar scale to the Brent platform dismantling jobs being undertaken by Able UK on Teesside.

He has claimed the facility would create employment opportunities in Fife, with each project expected to generate 30-50 positions.

CessCon Decom is a subsidiary of CessCon Ltd, registered in Scotland and owned by Mr Hanlon and project and operations director Frank Braaten.