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Sector Summary

Tees Valley is one of the biggest centres for offshore fabrication, oil and gas, decommissioning and subsea supply chain in the UK and the area is home to one of the UK’s largest clusters of subsea, cabling and trenching companies.

There are more than 4,250 people employed in the sector across Tees Valley and the area is home to industry leading names, including CATS, ConocoPhillips, Able UK, Wood, Jacobs and Heerema

Ideal Location

Tees Valley is a key contributor to the national economy and the area has significantly contributed to the oil platforms and heavy engineering for the North Sea.

Tees Valley’s location makes it ideally positioned for servicing the North Sea and offshore industries and we have a vast array of sites with river and port access that are ideal for large-scale investment. Our world-class specialist training providers for the offshore sector, which includes TTE, Falck and TWI, provide our workforce with the skills, competence and safety standards that the industry demands.

Industry Leaders in Decommissioning

Tees Valley is fast-becoming the place for large-scale decommissioning projects. The area’s substantial available quayside has heavy-lift capacity and water depths ranging from nine to 11 metres and is already delivering on large-scale North Sea platform decommissioning projects.

As the North Sea rapidly enters its decommissioning era, more than 100 platforms are forecast to be completely or partially removed in UK and Norwegian waters, and Tees Valley is ideally located to capitalise.

Shell Brent Oil Field

Able UK’s landmark contract to decommission Shell’s Brent oil field has led to a £28million investment to create a bespoke quay, the strongest in Europe, and is one of the most important offshore projects of its time.

In June 2019 the 25,000 tonnes Brent Bravo, which stands 410ft tall and 230ft wide, became the second platform from the Shell Brent field to be decommissioned at Able Seaton Port—the first, the Brent Delta, arrived in May 2017. Both were transported from north-east of Shetland by the Allseas Pioneering Spirit, one of the largest vessels ever built and the two topsides are the heaviest single piece ever lifted offshore. Over 98% of the structure will be recycled.

Able UK’s bespoke Quay 6 has a load capacity of 45t/m² and can accommodate the largest structure that the Pioneering Spirit can handle. The new quay has a line load of c. 100t/m on skid tracks and a full quay length of 120m and is 121m deep.


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