Categories: British Ports Association, Cromarty Firth, NewsPublished On: 02.01.2018504 words2.5 min read

The Port of Cromarty Firth has firmly established itself as a leader in decommissioning by hosting the first Parliamentary Reception on the topic in Holyrood today, 19 December.  The reception was sponsored by Edward Mountain MSP.

The event organised in partnership with DECOM North Sea, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and the Oil and Gas Authority will be attended by more than 90 guests and speakers, from owners and operators of North Sea assets and the decommissioning supply chain, to other Scottish Ports and representatives from the oil and gas industry.

The speakers include Edward Mountain MSP, Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain, Oil and Gas Authority, Tom Leeson, Interim Chief Executive, DECOM North Sea and Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth.  The ministerial address will be from Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovations and Energy.

The other speakers are all oil and gas experts, who will share with knowledge of “what operators look for in a Port”. They include Ian Sharp, Chairman, Fairfield Energy, Jonathan Brown, General Manager, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Ltd and Peter Smith, Decommissioning Task Group Manager, SAIPEM Ltd. Darren Sutherland, Director of Business Development and Wells Decommissioning at Borr Drilling will also share his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of  recycling drilling rigs in Scotland

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “The reaction to this event from across the decommissioning industry shows there is a real interest in how Scottish ports and supply companies can engage with and benefit from this sector.

“Port of Cromarty Firth is ready to accept decommissioning projects, and so are other Scottish ports. There are more than enough decommissioning projects to go round and, with political help and will, we should be able to ensure that the next phase of North Sea oil and gas makes as significant an impact on our economy as the previous stages of the North Sea’s lifecycle have.”

Edward Mountain, MSP, said:  “I was delighted to sponsor this Parliamentary Reception with the Port of Cromarty Firth.  Attracting so many influential people into one room, at one time, is a huge step towards their goal of a Decommissioning Working Group for Scotland.  We need to do everything we can to tell the world that Scotland is ready for this kind of work.  We have a hugely skilled workforce and supply chain already in place, so we should be doing everything we can to encourage decommissioning projects to come here.

Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain, Oil and Gas Authority said: “The Oil and Gas Authority is delighted to support this industry event and we are encouraged by the confidence and investment in facilities such as the Port of Cromarty Firth and others, which showcase Scottish capabilities in attracting decommissioning projects to our ports. As the need for decommissioning grows, we must collectively seize this opportunity in a joined up way to cement the UK as a world-leader in this field and export this knowledge globally.”

Source: BPA, 19 December 2017