A new start-up company based in Aberdeenshire is aiming to significantly reduce the environmental impact caused by the oil and gas industry, by offering a new sustainable solution with the refurbishment and reuse of decommissioned subsea equipment and component parts.
The oil and gas industry is under increasing pressure to become more environmentally friendly. Presently, the industry recycles as much of its subsea equipment as possible once it has no further need for them, but the team at Legasea is able to offer a better alternative to help boost the green credentials of this critical sector and protect the natural environment at the same time.
Instead of the traditional recycling process, Legasea takes the subsea production equipment from decommissioned fields and reuses as many parts as possible following a rigorous refurbishment process at its base near Westhill.
This leads to huge cost and lead time savings for clients and results in saving obsolete components, such as many types of subsea electrical connectors and hydraulic couplings making them available for reuse on producing fields.
A common occurrence in many other industries, this repurposing of subsea parts helps to preserve vital resources for continued use and reduces the environmental impact of the oil and gas companies themselves.
Co-founded by Lewis Sim (Managing Director) and Ray Milne (Operations Director), the Legasea team has been joined by team members Chris Howley (Service Technician), Graham Petrie (Projects Manager) and Chris Moffat (QHSE Manager).
Managing Director, Lewis Sim, said: “The team at Legasea recognises that the environmental impact of our industry has far-reaching consequences and that improvement is always possible.
“We offer an alternative route for unwanted and recovered subsea production systems and will take liability and ownership for the equipment; making it safe, clean and disassembling it to its component parts. Reusable parts will then be used to fulfil the demand for urgent remanufacturing and spares when crucial production is at risk during routine preventative maintenance or when an unforeseen failure is encountered subsea.”
The new business is based in a modern facility just 10 minutes from Westhill, designed for handling subsea production equipment as well as riser joints. An internal 75 tonne overhead crane and a large test tank are available for assembly and test operations. The facility has a large internal warehousing and workshop area, office space and tarmac yard area.
In addition to reuse, Legasea will be offering facility and storage space, electrical onsite/offshore testing, assembly and test, hydraulic flushing and testing, cleaning and decontamination handling.