Onshore decommissioning & dismantling of redundant oil & gas platforms

Veolia puts in place a network of onshore decommissioning & dismantling of redundant oil & gas platforms.


Of the 600 oil & gas platforms in the North Sea, some 470 are scheduled to be dismantled over the next 30 years. The main country concerned is the United Kingdom – home to nearly two thirds of the expected dismantling projects. The remaining platforms are expected to be managed within the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.
In addition, the Gulf of Mexico has more than 3,800 platforms which need to undergo decommissioning over the next several decades.

To meet this new environmental and technical challenge, Veolia and its partners Peterson SBS and the Lerwick Port Authority have developed a comprehensive onshore service to dismantle the offshore oil and gas platforms.
Designed to function as a Center of Excellence in the Shetland Islands, the Greenhead, Shetlands site safely dismantles and recycles approximately 99% of each platform's components.


The dismantling process begins with offshore preparation that includes securing and cleaning the platform and pipelines, disconnecting equipment and modules and managing water, energy and air utilities.
The platform is then brought onshore to the Shetland site to begin decontamination and decommissioning. Throughout the entire process, Veolia’s expertise in managing hazardous material is applied to optimize and reduce residual waste in a safe and environmentally efficient manner. The management of decommissioning these platforms is logistically and technically complicated.  That leads the major oil and gas companies to call only on specialists such as Veolia.

Our Shetland facility is ideally located near the largest oil and gas fields within the North Sea. This proximity, coupled with the fact that we have innovative, safe dismantling technologies, makes us a partner of choice for the oil and gas majors.
Estelle Brachlianoff
Former Executive Vice President, Veolia, Director Northern Europe Zone


Key Figures

Average 98% rate of material recovery

Smaller environmental footprint

A global market valued at more than €50 billion over the next 15 years

Customer benefits

  • Controlled costs
  • Smaller environmental footprint
  • Material recycling / recovery



  • Dismantling of complex installations