Decommissioning of the UK’s offshore oil and gas production facilities is a major industrial challenge which can create global competitive advantage for the UK and Orkney is an ideal location to support this industry.

Within the sheltered deep waters of Scapa Flow, is the former naval base at Lyness which was refurbished to provide fit for purpose quay edge and pier furniture, pier services and laydown areas. The Local Authority has under its ownership, over 300,000 square metres of brown field site adjacent to the Lyness and Golden Wharfs, and this has provided an opportunity for in depth investigations and due diligence for a potential decommissioning site.

As well as the laydown area the quay at Lyness vessels up to 8m draft can be accommodated making this an ideal location for decommissioning project work