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Decommissioning Services

Core members of Shetland Decommissioning, along with local and specialist contractors, provide a comprehensive package of services and facilities essential to successfully undertaking projects onshore and supporting related operations offshore. Key components include: 

  • Project design in accordance with relevant legislation  
  • Engineering 
  • Project Management
  • Load-in Operations
  • Decontamination & Deconstruction
  • Materials handling & Waste Management  


  • Consultancy services & Study works
  • Cranage & Transport
  • Fabrication and construction  
  • Port services
  • Agency services
  • Waste Management

Local On-site Disposal routes

The main infrastructure for handling decommissioning projects is complemented by a number of other local disposal routes, including: 

Energy Recovery Plant

This innovative, environmentally-friendly Energy Recovery Plant is operated by Shetland Islands Council, supplying heating to domestic and non-domestic properties in Lerwick by incinerating combustible wastes to heat large quantities of water.

The plant has capacity to handle up to 26,000 tonnes of waste annually.

Landfill Site and Segregation

A licensed landfill site , completed in April 2006, lies directly behind the base, providing a convenient local disposal route for non-hazardous (non-recyclable) wastes and asbestos.

Mud Cuttings Treatment Facility

Also available on-site is a Drill Cuttings Process Plant for treating contaminated drill cuttings shipped from offshore installations. The plant process recovers oil and water from drill cuttings to produce inert dry waste.

Local Scrap and Waste Management Capability

The local scrap merchant and waste management company augments the services and capabilities of the decommissioning facility; providing plant, labour and expertise for numerous previous projects.

Waste Oils & Sludges

Additionally, a local licensed disposal route for oily wastes, fluids and sludges is available on the islands.


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