Welcome Grant from the Decommissioning Challenge Fund

The Aberdeen Harbour Board is one of 10 recipients across Scotland to benefit from the fourth round of the Scottish Government’s £12m Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF).

Set up to support infrastructure improvements and innovation to deliver decommissioning in the North Sea, the latest round awarded £1.8m worth of support to build skills and capacity across the Scottish Economy.

The cash injection will be used to partially fund a recently completed feasibility study that considered the harbour’s future as a decommissioning centre of excellence. This included the viability of receiving significant volumes of offshore infrastructure for repurposing or recycling, including subsea mattresses, small piece modules and tank systems.

Marlene Mitchell, Aberdeen Harbour's Commercial Manager said: “We’re pleased to have been included in the fourth round of the DCF, which is critical to ensure Scottish businesses are positioned well to take full advantage of all decommissioning opportunities. The results of the feasibility study have helped define our future strategy, highlighting the areas we need to focus on to increase our full lifecycle support for activity in the sector. We have been supporting piece small decom projects for over 15 years, and the results of the study combined with our increased capacity when the South Harbour becomes operational, will allow us to strengthen our offer and increase our support to stakeholders in the decommissioning supply chain.”

This latest support package follows the recent announcement of the Scottish Government’s £62m Energy Transition Fund, which will consider investing in the Energy Transition Zone adjacent to the South Harbour.