EODEX, an Aberdeen-based company, has successfully neutralized more than 70 unexploded bombs as part of its efforts in the Moray West wind farm project. These unexploded ordnance (UXO) items, encompassing mines, bombs, torpedoes, and naval shells from historical world wars, were disposed of using an innovative technique known as low order deflagration.
Through low order deflagration, a small amount of incendiary material is introduced into the target to ignite any explosives present, causing them to burn rapidly and safely. EODEX, which secured the Moray West contract in January of this year, has been instrumental in creating a secure seabed environment for the development of offshore infrastructure.
Simon Morgan, Chief Executive of EODEX, shared his pride in the accomplishment, highlighting that the company has deflagrated more than 60 targets—a figure surpassing the combined total achieved by the entire UK industry this year. This achievement ensures a safe habitat for marine life and the subsea environment, contributing positively to the region.
Pete Geddes, Moray West Project Director at Ocean Winds, lauded EODEX's innovative deflagration solution, especially amidst the challenges posed by UXOs at the Moray West site. Geddes emphasized the importance of minimizing impacts on marine life, particularly prized cetacean populations such as whales and dolphins, which are prevalent in the area. EODEX's approach to UXO disposal has proven effective in mitigating potential negative effects on these marine species.
As the Moray West wind farm project continues to develop within the vicinity of these valuable marine ecosystems, the successful disposal of unexploded bombs underscores EODEX's commitment to environmental preservation and safety in offshore operations.