Nigg Oil Terminal : Liberty Industrial wins decommissioning contract from Repsol Sinopec


Repsol Sinopec Resources UK has given a decommissioning contract for the decontamination, demolition, and site remediation of Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland to Liberty Industrial Ltd.

According to Repsol Sinopec, planning and engineering work started in December 2022 followed by decommissioning activity in 2023, which is likely to continue up to 2025.

The site will be given back to the leaseholder, which is Global Energy Group at the end of the year 2025, said Repsol Sinopec, which is a joint venture between Repsol and Sinopec, engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in the North Sea.

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Jon Sowerby — Liberty Industrial Contracts Director said: “The decommissioning project being undertaken by Repsol Sinopec at Nigg encompasses all Liberty Industrial’s specialist and innovative service. This is a significant milestone in the history of the Nigg site, and Liberty Industrial is excited to be part of it.”

Liberty Industrial wins decommissioning contract for the Nigg Oil Terminal from Repsol Sinopec

Liberty Industrial wins decommissioning contract for the Nigg Oil Terminal from Repsol Sinopec. Photo courtesy of Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited.

Commissioned by the British National Oil Corporation in 1981 as part of the Beatrice complex development, the Nigg Oil Terminal is spread over 75 acres. It houses a crude oil process, storage, and export facility that would call for decontamination before the demolition and site remediation process.

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The decommissioning project will be a combined effort between the Repsol Sinopec project and site teams, who have the history and knowledge of the work site, and the decommissioning specialist contractor Liberty Industrial to make sure that all dangers are identified and the appropriate, fit for purpose decommissioning procedure is safely enacted.

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Simon Reid — Repsol Sinopec Decommissioning Project Manager said: “A comprehensive tender process was followed inviting the UK’s leading onshore decommissioning contractors to submit proposals for the project.

“The technical evaluation focused on the contractor’s ability to demonstrate safe and robust methods, with a clear understanding of the hazardous inventories, to deliver the decommissioning scope in line with company and regulatory requirements in an efficient and fit for purpose manner.”

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