A port in the north-east of England has announced itself as a contender for offshore oil and gas decommissioning work.
Port of Blyth in Northumberland said it had been granted a decommissioning licence by the UK Environment Agency.
It is now preparing a site at its busy Battleship Wharf terminal in hope of securing contracts.
It site is licensed to handle up to 50,000 tonnes of offshore energy materials per year .
The port authority said it would focus on small to medium sized projects and pieces weighing up to 4,000 tonnes.
Martin Lawlor, chief executive of Port of Blyth, said: “Securing this decom licence is excellent news for the Port of Blyth. It enables us diversify our offering to the offshore energy market and makes good use of our experience of the sector particularly in relation to our heavy lift and project cargo handling expertise.”