(l-r) David Webster, Erwin Lammertink vice president AF Offshore, Charles Hammond Chief Exec Forth Ports, David Webster Port Manager, Cllr John Alexander Leader of Dundee City Council and Callum Falco
Forth Ports and AF Offshore Decom are set to establish a new joint venture which will lay the foundations of creating a North Sea oil and gas decommissioning hub in Dundee.
AF Offshore Decom UK, a subsidiary of AF Gruppen, is one of the North Sea’s most respected and prominent decommissioning contractors.
The company already operates the AF VATS environmental base in Norway, the North Sea’s most advanced facility for decommissioning offshore installations, and is now looking to bring similar projects to Dundee through its new joint venture with The Port of Dundee.
The deal was brokered by Dundeecom, the public/private partnership between Dundee City Council, DC Thomson and Forth Ports. The partnership was created to establish Dundee as a multi-disciplinary, internationally recognised centre of excellence in oil and gas decommissioning.
The port is optimally placed to accommodate a significant share of North Sea decommissioning work due to its proximity to many UK North Sea oil and gas assets, rail and road links, port facilities, its on-site supply chain and the city’s skilled workforce.
Dundeecom chief executive, Callum Falconer, said: “Given my experience in this sector, I believed that the best way to exploit Dundee’s potential was to team up in an innovative way with one of the industry leaders, and what has emerged is an exciting new offering to the market from what will be a new Scottish business headquartered in Dundee.
"Furthermore, we are already in discussions with other key players in the decommissioning space which will build upon the success of this new venture.”
Bengt Hildisch, president of AF Offshore Decom, said: "AF Offshore Decom is pleased to find a partner that shares the same vision and goals as ourselves to develop and operate a safe and cost efficient disposal yard in the UK.
"We have been seeking the right opportunity that enables us to build and expand our capabilities to the UK and create a sustainable, solution together with our facility in Norway, for the whole of the North Sea.”
Dundee City Council leader of the administration, Cllr John Alexander, said: “This is an important step in our ongoing efforts to bring decommissioning work to Dundee and create economic opportunities for the city and its people.
"AF Dundee will be a tremendous asset for the city as we move forward.”