Veolia Wins Buchan Alpha Decommissioning Deal, Will Create 35 Jobs

Veolia Wins Buchan Alpha Decommissioning Deal, Will Create 35 Jobs
Repsol Sinopec Resources UK awards the Buchan Alpha decommissioning contract to Veolia.

Repsol Sinopec Resources UK has awarded the Buchan Alpha decommissioning contract to Veolia, creating 35 jobs in the process.

Work will be carried out at Veolia’s Dales Voe site in Lerwick, Shetland. After 36 years and almost 150 million barrels of oil, the Buchan Alpha facility in the UK North Sea ceased production, as planned, on May 12.

"We are delighted with the award of the prestigious Buchan Alpha decommissioning contract which reflects our proven safety and environmental track record and our commitment to delivering this project to the highest operational standards,” Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president at Veolia UK & Ireland, said in a company statement.

“We will be targeting a recycling rate of over 98 percent at the new Dales Voe decommissioning facility in Lerwick where we will work closely with our partners, Peterson and Lerwick Port Authority, to boost the local economy by creating 35 jobs and develop strong relationships with the local community,” Brachlianoff added.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish government minister for business, innovation and energy called the development ‘great news’.

“Decommissioning is an emerging, but growing, activity, with GBP 17.6 billion ($22.6 billion) expected to be spent in the North Sea over the next decade, as mature fields reach this stage in their project lifecycle,” Wheelhouse said in a government statement.

“We are already seeing Scottish-based firms seizing opportunities, and securing the lion’s share of value from a range of decommissioning activities, including project management of decommissioning programmes and high value, well-plugging and abandonment activity,” he added.


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