Jee Ltd and Decom North Sea (DNS) are working together to identify pioneering methods of salvage and re-use options for concrete subsea mattresses.
The aim of the project, which commenced in February 2015 and saw Jee Ltd partner with DNS and Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), was to identify innovative new solutions for subsea mattress removal which would work without diver interventions during the lift procedure, resulting in improved safety and reduced costs.
Finding viable solutions to decommissioning projects
Nigel Jenkins, DNS Chief Executive explains the background to the contract: “This project was implemented in direct response to our operator member requests and Jee’s findings have been eagerly anticipated. Mattress removal can add significant costs to decommissioning projects hence we are keen to establish a variety of solutions to further drive efficiency.”
“Our research played a key role in this project, which will form a basis for economic and environmental assessment of mattress conditions and the options for removal and re-use going forward. We also helped to identify the criteria required to determine whether subsea mattresses should be removed or left in situ, the main consideration being the safety of the subsea divers and the environmental impact,” Adam Smith, Subsea Engineer at Jee Ltd commented.
Suggestions for the re-use of subsea mattress concrete
Jee developed a number of innovative suggestions for the re-use of the mattress concrete including tidal lagoons structures, the construction of artificial reefs to encourage new sea life and to lay road foundations, resulting in less new concrete needed to be produced and as a result, reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
Commenting on the findings, Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “This joint report has some fascinating insights about how we go about extending the useful life of subsea concrete mattresses. I am sure it will be of great interest to all those in the oil and gas industry and beyond. The findings point to some exciting cross-over potential with other sectors, such as offshore renewables. Circular economy practices present a terrific economic opportunity for Scotland and we can best realise this by collaborating across sectors and industries.”
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn