November 12 - Heavy Decom International (HDI) plans to introduce a heavy lift decommissioning device to the UK sector.

The machine is designed for heavy decommissioning and dismantling, notably end-of-life platforms and associated structures which will be of interest to freight and shipping companies looking to get involved in the major decommisioning work which will take place in the North Sea over the next few years.

It will be equipped with advanced hydraulic cutting tools weighing up to 25 tonnes, and will be able to work at heights of over 30 m and provide underwater cutting in depths of up to 26 m.

HDI claims this is a unique combination for the UK, although the machine will be offered for projects worldwide. It has been engineered for full containerisation, allowing for rapid relocation anywhere.

The machine is currently undergoing testing prior to a full launch later this year.