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Subsea Environmental Services selected to decommission the TAT-14 subsea cable system

Subsea Environmental Services selected to decommission the TAT-14 subsea cable system

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Subsea Environmental Services and Red Penguin Associates (advisors) have announced they have been awarded the contract to decommission the TAT-14 telecommunications cable system. The project scope includes removal and recycling of shore-ends in the US, UK, France, Denmark and the Netherlands, as well as the deep-water segments in the North Atlantic.

The planning phase of the project has been underway for almost a year, beginning with a comprehensive desktop decommissioning study, and has addressed the interests of multiple stakeholders with regard to permitting, environmental impact, GIS / database analysis, review of as-builts, crossings and proximity considerations of third-party assets across various international boundaries and jurisdictions. 

The operations phase commenced with the planned recovery of shore-ends in Denmark and the Netherlands. Completion of all in-shore works is anticipated by year-end 2021. As recovery of these segments progresses over the coming months, real-time oversight will be critical to ensure prompt risk identification, analysis and implementation of any necessary mitigation while keeping operations to a tight project schedule.

John Theodoracopulos, Subsea MD, said: “The scope of this project presents an exciting opportunity for all stakeholders to participate in the notable benefits associated with the decommissioning of TAT-14. Red Penguin has been an excellent partner and we look forward to continuing to work closely together.”

Matt Bowden, Red Penguin GM, said: “As specialists in managing risk across diverse, complex submarine cable projects, Red Penguin is delighted to be working with Subsea on the decommissioning of TAT-14 and see it as a signpost for future cable recovery.”

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