Nuvia SITA NORM has appointed a manager for its new Stoneyhill NORM Treatment Facility, near Peterhead, U.K.
Ewan Hill has been appointed to the position of Business Manager for Nuvia SITA NORM. He is now tasked, not only with managing the new facility, but also overseeing safe operations, ensuring environmental compliance and developing the business as a whole.
Ewan is a Chartered Waste Manager, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and over 10 years' experience in the waste management industry, having worked previously in contaminated soil remediation and as a waste minimization manager with Glasgow City Council. Ewan also has experience of the oil and gas industry through a position with Denholm Industrial Services.
Nuvia SITA NORM is a specialist joint venture company that brings together the nuclear industry experience of Nuvia Limited, one of the UK's leading radiation protection and radioactive waste experts, with the recycling and waste management capabilities of SITA UK.
The company's new NORM treatment facility at Stoneyhill near Peterhead will clean and recycle equipment from North Sea oil and gas operations affected by naturally occurring radioactive materials. It will present the industry with the means to comply with new environmental regulations governing the treatment and disposal of NORM waste.
NORM is the acronym for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material and is a term used to describe low levels of radioactivity that exist naturally in the geological environment. It is found in a variety of bulk commodities, process wastes and commercial items, such as sands, china clays and soils, granite, coal and groundwater. It is also a by-product of the oil and gas industry and develops as a mineral scale on the inside of pipes and valves.
NORM-affected equipment delivered to Stoneyhill will be cleaned inside a custom built containment with ultra high powered water jets to safely remove mineral scale. Once de-scaled, metals and pipework will either be reused or recycled and the treated waste consigned to landfill under authorization at SITA UK's adjoining Stoneyhill site.
Commenting on his appointment, Ewan said, "With all major works on the construction of the facility now complete, commissioning is well underway and I'm looking forward to firmly establishing the business as an essential part of the supply chain for the region's oil and gas operators."
The company has also appointed a supervisor for the facility and is now seeking to appoint a number of water jetting and descaling operatives at the site and invites applications in writing to Ewan Hill, Business Manager, Nuvia SITA NORM Treatment Facility, Stoneyhill Resource Recovery Park, Long Haven, Peterhead, AB42 0PR.
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