North Sea decommissioning site set for massive expansion

Veolia has secured permission from the Environment Agency (EA) to expand its oil and gas platform decommissioning facility in Great Yarmouth, to accommodate an anticipated increase in business in the coming years.

A variation to the site’s environmental permit was granted yesterday, permitting it to expand from 5,500 to 33,000 square metres – six times greater than now. As much North Sea infrastructure is approaching end-of-life, the expansion will enable the firm to capitalise on a major source of income. Last year, industry association Oil & Gas UK predicted that £15.3bn will be spent on decommissioning over the next decade.

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