Tyrone engineering firm secures new offshore decommissioning deals

Managing director Sean Conway (centre) with his Decom Engineering team team during test trials.
Ryan McAleer

A CO Tyrone engineering firm specialising in decommissioning underwater infrastructure for oil and gas companies has landed two new deals worth at least £300,000.

Cookstown-based Decom Engineering has secured the contracts for work in the North Sea and off the coast of west Africa.

Set up in 2012 by Sean Conway alongside his father and brother, the firm has designed and developed a range of cold cutting saws which are deployed on a variety of energy sector decommissioning projects which require pipelines and associated infrastructure to be safely removed.

The North Sea project will see Decom complete eight cuts on behalf of a global offshore contractor, while Norwegian-headquartered subsea and offshore wind farm contractor Havfram have commissioned Decom to carry out cutting operations in water depths of up to 800 metres, off the coast of west Africa.

Managing director Sean Conway said the deals follow trials in Aberdeen, where Decom recently opened a new base, and a strategic offshore project in Thailand.

“Our technology is gaining traction with energy companies and contractors who have technically challenging requirements on a range of international decommissioning projects,” he said.

“Recent technical trials in Aberdeen have proven our cutting technologies can operate safely in deeper waters and that they are preferable to rival solutions where accessibility to subsea infrastructure is an issue.”

He said the completion of the fresh contracts will leave the Cookstown firm well-placed to land more significant deals from the same client in the North Sea.

Decom Engineering’s commercial director, Nick McNally, added: “The technical trials in Aberdeen gave reassurance and confidence to the end-clients, and proved our saws are capable of operating in water depths of 800 metres or more, opening up new opportunities for engagement on more challenging decommissioning projects.”

The company said it is continuing to invest in R&D and infrastructure.

“Our R&D and engineering teams are currently working on new chop saws which are capable of handling piping of up to 36” diameter in anticipation of potentially winning other contracts in the second half of this year,” said Mr Conway.