VIDEO: Huge North Sea vessel arrives in Dundee ahead of major three-month decommissioning project

A North Sea vessel owned by energy giant Shell has arrived in Dundee ahead of a major three-month decommissioning project.

Augean North Sea Services (ANSS) will provide specialised cleaning and waste management services for Shell’s Curlew floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), which was formally based 130 miles south-east of Aberdeen.

After cleaning and decontamination, the 236 metre vessel will be taken to Turkey for final dismantling and recycling.

ANSS began the development of a multi-million-pound decommissioning centre in the Dundee in 2017 and it is hoped the Curlew FPSO contract will be the first of many major projects brought to the city.

The vessel was originally built at the Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark as the tanker Maersk Dorset in 1983 before being converted at A&P Tyne on the River Tyne in 1997. It was deployed in the Curlew field later that year.

The vessel was then purchased by Shell in 2013 and the energy firm has said it would like to recycle around 97% of its materials.


What will this project mean for Dundee? See our full coverage in Monday’s edition of The Courier.