Able UK wins contract to recycle four oil rig platforms


Four offshore structures operated by Shell in the North Sea will be recycled by Teesside-based Able UK.

The contract will see three platform topsides, as well as a 138 metre high steel platform jacket transported from the Brent field over 100 miles north of Scotland to Able Seaton Port on Teesside.


The timing of the arrival of the first topside is subject to further offshore preparation work and regulatory approvals.

Able UK managing director Andrew Jacques said: “We are delighted to have been selected to undertake this significant platform decommissioning project. This six-year contract will see the deployment of the very latest techniques and technologies in the recycling of these materials.

“We are looking forward to working with our partners on this project, and we are justifiably proud to have been selected for this exciting project.

“Able Seaton Port is already a superb facility and it will see further investment from Able UK with the construction of what will be one of Europe’s heaviest load bearing quays along with associated infrastructure at the northern end of the dry dock to receive the structures. This will enable the topsides and jackets to be shipped off to the new quay for dismantling.