Moonraker business set for Dundee

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UK’s first decommissioning semi submersible business chooses Dundee as logistics hub

One of the country’s most ambitious decommissioning businesses, Offshore Decommissioning Services Ltd (ODS), is opening its UK headquarters in Dundee in early 2019. Following 14 months of R&D and conceptual design ODS was established in 2017 by a team of oil and gas professionals with decades of engineering, construction and commissioning experience in the industry. ODS will focus on the imminent decommissioning requirements in the North Sea, and subsequently operate around the world.

ODS is developing specialist technology to support the removal and decommissioning of future North Sea Oil & Gas decommissioning projects. ODS are building a UK flagged multi-purpose heavy lift vessel to be named “Moonraker I” (see attached image), which will be delivered in 2021 in readiness for the anticipated escalation in North Sea decommissioning demand.

Commenting on the announcement, Lee Johnson, Chief Executive of ODS said: “It is ODS’s ambition to reduce the cost and time to decommission topsides, substructures and subsea infrastructure and we believe ODS, working with others in Dundee, can bring a holistic and commercially attractive decommissioning solution to the industry. We can deliver the OGA strategy on cost reduction, regulatory compliance and contractual and commercial optimization from Dundee.

“We wanted Dundee to be our logistics base due to the strong potential R&D network, including academia and industry bodies as we as the synergies with businesses already located in the city. Access to local available, capable and cost effective labour force is also a major benefit for our business. We look forward to moving into Dundee next year.”

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