Port of Blyth has successfully hosted Decom Live for the first time, together with organising partners Thompsons of Prudhoe and Decom Mission. The event attracted over 180 delegates and 25 exhibitors to visit the Port to explore a range of decommissioning solutions and innovations, hear from cross-industry speakers and network with industry professionals.

Located at the Port of Blyth’s Battleship Wharf Terminal, the home to the Port’s impressive 2.3HA decommissioning facility, operated in partnership with Thompsons of Prudhoe. Attendees had the privilege of seeing first-hand, several topsides and jackets for three North Sea offshore oil and gas platforms which arrived at the Port in August.

The agenda for the day included a series of presentations from experts across various sectors covering topics such as the role of ports in decommissioning and the importance of skills development within the industry. Spirit Energy also gave guests an interesting insight into their A-fields & Ensign Decommissioning Journey.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at the Port of Blyth, said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many industry professionals to the Port of Blyth. Not only to showcase our facilities but to demonstrate the fantastic supply chain here in Blyth which is well placed to support the decommissioning sector.”

Tom Koerner, Operations Director of Thompsons of Prudhoe, said: “We are so proud to support this event in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Decom Mission. The whole day was a great knowledge share, providing emerging issues / potential solutions and preparing for the future. We were delighted to showcase our work in the industry and champion the opportunities ahead for the UK market.”

Decom Mission CEO Sam Long said: “Decommissioning of energy infrastructure involves a wide variety of skills and services. In the case of offshore, oil and gas decommissioning, this also means services that are executed both on and offshore.

“In holding our Decom Live event at locations such as Port of Blyth we seek to underline the resulting complexity in these projects. With the Port and Thompsons of Prudhoe currently working on demolition of the Audrey and Ensign jackets and topsides, this event was set against a visible reminder of the scale of the assets and the related technical challenges.

“In a thoroughly successful day Decom Mission ensured that the entire supply network, from asset owner and operator, to service and equipment provider had opportunities to network, walk the talk and attend a number of related panel sessions and presentations.”