Peterson was established in 1920; since 1968, the company has provided integrate
logistics services to world leaders in oil and gas exploration and production. In the UK, Peterson has operations in Lerwick, Aberdeen, Edzell, Heysham and Great Yarmouth; in Lerwick, Shetland, Peterson employs approximately 60 permanent staff, plus up to 30 casual and seasonal staff.

Its parent company is Netherlands-based Peterson Control Union Group. Peterson is the largest non-operator offshore Supply. Vessel charter company in the North Sea region and focuses on integrating every part of the logistical supply chain with the knowledge and experience to handle everything from cargo inspections to transportation to decommissioning

Peterson has a key role in the oil and gas industry in Shetland, including decommissioning. Currently, the Greenhead base is the only operational onshore decommissioning site in Scotland and has significant growth potential. Katrina Wiseman, HIE


The company is currently expanding its interests to accommodate emerging markets in Brazil, India and other global locations.


Shetland is an ideal location to develop UK capability in North Sea Decommissioning. It is close to the Northern North Sea area and offers deep-water anchorages; current developments mean that the largest barges
and structures will be able to be taken at quayside. Long term prospects are also healthy, with an estimated 40 years’ worth of multi-billion £ work in decommissioning redundant oil and gas structures in the North Sea.


Historically, financial support of £168,000 was awarded for the construction of the Greenhead decommissioning pad, plus a further £97,500 for an onsite crane. In 2014, £628,000 cash funding has been awarded to further develop its decommissioning infrastructure in Lerwick. Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding of £1.1m has also been awarded.

In addition, HIE has assisted Peterson through the provision of workshops and networking opportunities, including events in co-operation with Energy North and Decom North Sea.

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