Blyth Port granted decommissioning licence

The UK Environment Agency has granted the Port of Blyth a decommissioning licence Photo: Matthew Deacon/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The UK Environment Agency has granted the Port of Blyth a decommissioning licence Photo: Matthew Deacon/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The UK Environment Agency has granted the Port of Blyth a decommissioning licence in a decision which allows the facility to move into the decommissioning market.

The port, located on the east coast of the UK, is now preparing a 2.3-hectare site for decommissioning at its Battleship Wharf terminal during 2018, with the designated land able to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials a year.

Work will begin to prepare a heavy-duty concrete base and quarantine zones for hazardous waste including naturally occurring radioactive material.

The port worked closely with the Environment Agency for 12 months before the environmental permit was granted, and it views the development of decommissioning activity in the North Sea as a major area for growth in the future.

“Securing this decommissioning licence is excellent news for the Port of Blyth,” said the port’s chief executive Martin Lawlor.

“It enables us to diversify our offering to the offshore energy market and makes good use of our experience of the sector, particularly in relation to our heavy-lift and project cargo handling expertise.”

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