A LONG-STANDING family-run business has secured two decommissioning projects.

Thompsons of Prudhoe will be working in close collaboration with Heerema Marine Contractors and DeepOcean.

The contracts will allow Thompsons to provide a full turnkey dismantling and waste management contract solution to asset owner Spirit Energy, which produces oil and gas from sites including one in the Southern North Sea.

The six structures will be delivered into the Battleship Wharf Terminal in Blyth by Heerema on two large North Sea barges during 2023.

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The assets will then be offloaded and transported using self-propelled modular transporters to the purpose-built decommissioning facility in collaboration with decommissioning partner the Port of Blyth and strategic subcontract partner Mammoet.

DeepOcean will be recovering the subsea structures, rigid pipelines, flexibles, umbilicals and concrete mattresses and delivering them into the port using a variety of vessels from its versatile fleet.

Mark Hill, business development manager at Thompsons of Prudhoe, said: “We have worked hard over the last two and a half years to establish a compelling and competitive decommissioning service offering.

"Having secured both, the topside and jacket dismantlement and disposal works for Heerema Marine Contractors, as well as the subsea waste management and disposal works for DeepOcean, is really beyond expectations.

“We would like to thank Spirit Energy, Heerema, and DeepOcean for giving us this opportunity to further showcase our experience and capabilities with a view of securing further optional contract works during 2023-2029”.

Neil McCulloch, CEO of Spirit Energy and industry co-chair of the Decommissioning and Repurposing Taskforce (DaRT), added: “Spirit Energy continues to create value with our industry-leading decommissioning capability and performance, and we are delighted that Thompsons have been selected, by our contractors, for the safe waste disposal of materials recovered from our assets.

"This builds on the excellent work that Thompsons has already carried out, at our South Morecambe Terminal, and demonstrates Spirit Energy’s ongoing commitment to support the local supply chain.”

Thompsons has begun working with all stakeholders, including the Environmental Agency (EA) and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), to successfully deliver these works over the forthcoming months.