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James Fisher launches dedicated decom unit

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James Fisher has launched a new business line aimed at supporting decommissioning projects in the renewables and oil and gas markets.

The marine and engineering services company, based in Barrow-in-Furness, says JF Decommissioning (JF Decom) will consolidate capabilities across the James Fisher group to deliver cost and time-saving solutions.

With the ability to draw on assets and capabilities of the wider group, JF Decom says it will provide customers with access to a dedicated, multi-disciplined team. This reduces the number of contractual interfaces offering an end-to-end service for complex decommissioning scopes across subsea infrastructure removal, structural removal, well severance, and well abandonment.

Claiming one of the world’s largest fleets of decommissioning tooling and in-house design and engineering capability, the group says the new division will support the rise in worldwide decom projects from its global bases, including locations in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East.

It will also draw on expertise from James Fisher Offshore, which has assisted operators in the installation and maintenance of oil and gas platforms. In-depth knowledge of the differences between these platforms, will enable the company to deploy the most appropriate methodology and technology to optimise the delivery of a project.

Services include the innovative well abandonment tool SEABASS, a strategic investment made in 2021, that provides a more cost effective and quicker alternative to rig-based solutions when abandoning category 2 wells, due to its ability to deploy from a vessel of opportunity and work in any water depth.

JF Decom managing director Jack Davidson commented: “Increasing demand for experienced decommissioning experts within the energy industry presents an opportunity for the group to focus on what it does best – providing tailored and pioneering solutions to address customer challenges.”

He added that JF Decom was also dedicated to ensuring that decommissioning operations are conducted as sustainably as possible. “With our noise attenuation tools such as Bubble Curtains we can also minimise environmental impact to marine life during decommissioning works and ensuring we provide environmentally responsible services is something that is at the forefront for JF Decom.”

The creation of a decommissioning unit follows the launch of integrated offshore wind division JF Renewables in March 2021.

It also comes as several other North Sea contractors assemble teams aimed at providing end-to-end decommissioning services.

Maersk Decom was formed in 2018 with the aim of combining multiple scopes into integrated projects. However, integrated provider Fairfield Decom also folded last year, blaming a “discernible gap” between the enthusiasm for new and innovative decommissioning models, and business action from operators.

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