Region: Australia
Content Types: Report
Date: Mar, 2024

Decom’s Adam Kirkpatrick undertaking C1-24 chopsaw test cuts prior to deployment.

Decom Engineering (Decom), a provider of green decommissioning solutions, has executed three market-entry Australian contracts to strengthen its position within the Asia Pacific region.

The company was commissioned to supply and operate its chopsaw cutting technologies on behalf of a major operator in the Bass Strait alongside two other clients in Australian waters. Together, the contracts amounted to more than UK£500,000.

The decommissioning specialist performed three cuts on a 20’’ concrete weight coated carbon steel rigid pipeline as well as 25 cuts on a 13’’ in-filled flexible flow line jumper, with a 4.5’’ piggy back. This was achieved through the deployment and use of its C1-24 chopsaw at water depths of around 400 m. Meanwhile, another C1-24 chopsaw was utilised on assets in the country’s North West Shelf at water depths of around 500 m.

Decom Engineering Managing Director, Sean Conway, remarked, “The award of these three contracts by major operators is a clear signal that our commitment to the Australian decommissioning sector is being rewarded. With the extensive track-record Decom has established on projects in the UK North Sea, Africa and Asia, we judged that now was the right time for us to enter the Australian market and we are keen to be part of the sector’s journey to sustainability.”

Investing in Australian decommissioning 

The commitment to the country took the form of a significant investment in the region of UK£500,000 in order to establish infrastructure and relocate equipment and personnel to be reactive to local market demands. This decision was taken after the company recognised the remarkable opportunity that Australia presents, leading Decom to recognise it as strategic market for its future growth. This is also in line with a wider growth directive for the Asia Pacific market, with Decom investing upwards of UK£2mn to design and manufacture a nine-strong portfolio of chopsaws and supporting equipment (including control panels, spares and consumables) which have been used of projects throughout the region.

“We are excited to be kicking off three Australian projects in tandem and look forward to building a strong relationship with our customers,” Conway added. “As our reputation grows, we will replicate our AsiaPac model by investing in facilities, equipment and personnel in Australia, to provide cutting edge technologies which will assist contractors and operators looking for cost effective and environmentally sound decommissioning solutions.”

Following initial success, the company is aiming to introduce its Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) system to Australia in order to offer a full-service decommissioning option for redundant oil and gas steel pipes. The PCR strips steel tubulars of coating and transforms the pipe into a reusable product suitable for other uses.

Conway concluded, “To date our PCR system has processed more than 30,000 tonnes of steel tubulars from surplus prime and decommissioned oil and gas fields and we think that this is an offering which could introduce significant environmental and financial benefits to the massive Australian decommissioning sector.”