Decom Engineering signs two deals worth £300,000

Company anticipates further deals once North Sea contract is complete

Tyrone-based decommissioning specialist Decom Engineering has signed two deals worth more than £300,000 (€349,000) in the North Sea and offshore west Africa.

The company, which has designed and developed a range of cold cutting saws deployed on a range of energy sector decommissioning projects, secured the projects following a series of technical trials at JFD Global’s testing tank and the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen.

One contract, the UK Continental Shelf contract, is a conductor recovery and removal project with a global offshore contractor. The second is with Norwegian-headquartered subsea and offshore wind farm contractor Havfram, which has commissioned Decom to carry out cutting operations on a ROVCON connecter off the coast of west Africa.

The project wins come following the successful completion of two phases of another project in the Gulf of Thailand.

“The successful completion of a strategic project offshore Thailand and our imminent mobilisation on workscopes in the North Sea and Africa demonstrates that our technology is gaining traction with energy companies and contractors who have technically challenging requirements on a range of international decommissioning projects,” said Decom Engineering managing director Sean Conway

“Recent technical trials in Aberdeen have proven our cutting technologies can operate safely in deeper waters and that they are preferable to rival solutions where accessibility to subsea infrastructure is an issue.”

The company is anticipating securing further work from the same client on a second platform in the North Sea. The company recently opened a base near Aberdeen to be closer to potential clients.

“Both of these contracts are firsts – the first conductor removal and the first ROVCON connector project we have undertaken, which underlines the versatility and flexibility of our technologies,” said Nick McNally, Decom Engineering commercial director. “The technical trials in Aberdeen gave reassurance and confidence to the end-clients, and proved our saws are capable of operating in water depths of 800m or more, opening up new opportunities for engagement on more challenging decommissioning projects.”

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist