ASCO Embarks on Premier Project

06 August 2020
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United Kingdom , Waste Management

ASCO has commenced a project to support Premier Oil with its decommissioning activities associated with the Huntington Field by providing onshore waste management services to receive and dispose of over 3000m3 of cleaning fluids and contaminated produced water from the field.

The Project

The initial stages of decommissioning the Huntington field required the flushing and cleaning of subsea and topside pipelines as well as emptying the cargo oil and slops tanks on the FPSO.

Offering a comprehensive and fully flexible Waste Disposal service, ASCO was contracted by Premier Oil to handle the decommissioning liquid waste that has been delivered onshore for treatment and disposal. The material is also contaminated with naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) requiring suitably permitted storage and offload facilities along with bespoke testing, treatment and disposal requirements.

Planning and Execution via Integrated Services

ASCO’s experienced waste management team will provide and manage the full cycle of collection, logistics, treatment and disposal of the waste on behalf of Premier Oil. Key to this, ASCO has an established supply chain with partners such as InterTerminals. The ASCO project manager, based locally ensures the coordination of all activities in line with ASCO's fundamental values of safety and service delivery.

A coordinated response enabled the liquid waste to be offloaded into quayside storage tanks, followed by detailed testing and the selection of the most technically and environmentally appropriate disposal sites, ensuring full legislative compliance and in communication with Premier Oil. The project is now in the disposal phase and will be followed by deployment of ASCO’s industrial tank cleaning services to perform the deep clean post project.

Providing Compliance and Assurance

ASCO has provided Premier Oil with peace of mind by proactively managing all the legislative and environmental compliance requirements and handling the entire process, from arrival at the quayside to final disposal.

Premier Oil's Huntington Asset Manager said "ASCO's knowledge and experience, combined with a flexible approach allowed us to focus on our offshore activities and gave us the confidence that the waste would be safely and compliantly managed in line with Premier Oil's requirements"

ASCO has a proven onshore solution for bulk liquid waste handling arising from normal operations and decommissioning activities, using in-house capabilities such as road transport, technical and radiological expertise, industrial cleaning and project management.