Decom Engineering invests over £250,000 in new Aberdeen base

Decom Engineering has opened a new facility near Aberdeen, investing more than £250,000 to set up a base at Potterton near Dyce.

Decom Engineering invests over £250,000 in new Aberdeen base

Matthew Drumm, business development manager and Sean Conway, managing director, at the firm’s new Aberdeen base.

The 6,000 sq ft facility will be used for equipment testing and storage, hosting customer trials days, and it will allow faster deployment of Decom’s assets to clients working in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

To mark the expansion, Decom has issued a Chopsaw Challenge – promising that their machinery will cut through piping materials which may have defeated other cutting solutions.

Sean Conway, Decom EngineeringCEO, said: “We are delighted to extend our footprint with this new Aberdeen presence, which adds to our existing capability in Holland and our headquarters in Belfast.

“This investment gives us a platform for significant growth in 2022 and beyond by offering more direct and speedier access to existing North Sea clients and a large number of potential new customers who operate in the UKCS and international oil and gas markets.”

Decom has already hosted a number of client open days in Aberdeen to showcase the capabilities of its cold cutting saws which can perform a “clean cut” through 2-24 inch materials, including steel pipes with a range of problematic coatings.

Nick McNally, Decom’s operations director, added: “We are encouraging companies which have redundant piping infrastructure, and who may have had problems sourcing an appropriate cutting solution, to get in touch.

“Our chop saws are capable of working in the harshest working conditions on varying pipe diameters and material composition. We are confident they are capable of clean-cutting through the most challenging materials, regardless of the coating the pipeline is encased in.”

Decom’s technologies have been deployed on international decommissioning projects where oil and gas operators have to replace or remove ageing subsea infrastructure and redundant assets.

A recent hat-trick of contract wins valued at more than £400,000 includes a six month campaign in the Gulf of Thailand on behalf of a global oil and gas operator in which Decom will undertake a 1000-cut programme to allow the removal of subsea pipelines in water depths of up to 100 metres.

Sean Conway added: “Even in the initial weeks of opening in Aberdeen we are enjoying a return on investment. Previously, we would have to hire premises to host technology demonstrations, but the clients visiting Potterton are benefitting from this greater flexibility which better suits their requirements.

“The ability to store our own equipment closer to clients’ operations and to have it at the ready for faster deployment is a real bonus, and it will be an important factor in building on our reputation as a reliable and responsive provider of decommissioning solutions.”

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