A Dundee oil worker said he has plans to ensure local folk are at the forefront of decommissioning work in the city.
Forth Ports is investing £10 million into the field and Danny Menzies, 32, from Menzieshill, said the City of Discovery is “excellently positioned” to get involved.
Danny, an instrument technician in the North Sea, founded Dundee’s Tatha Decommissioning Limited last year with his father Tam.
The company was set up with a view to becoming the major supplier of labour and project management services for the city’s decommissioning industry.
Danny hopes he and his father, with a combined 40 years of industry experience, will become the go-to provider for skilled and non-skilled labour during the predicted boom.
And they are also hoping to develop the next generation of industry professionals, having been in contact with children’s charity Barnardo’s about possible work placements and apprenticeships for young people.
He said: “We formed the company in April and we are laying a lot of ground work so when the tendering process begins we can get straight to work.
“The decommissioning of offshore assets has already begun and these are being received at Teeside and places like Gdansk, in Poland.
“We want to ensure Dundee has the resources in place to compete for these contracts.
“We’ve already had an incredible response with a bank of skilled local workers with more than 300 CVs.
“It isn’t a case that these candidates need offshore experience.
“Dundee missed its opportunity in the 1980s when offshore work went further north to Aberdeen.”
The former Harris Academy pupil added that he was keen to work with young people and graduate students.
He said: “A conversation has already begun with ourselves and Barnardo’s.
“I want to provide as many opportunities to young people and graduate students as possible.
“The more opportunities we can provide in apprenticeships and new skills, the more we can improve the futures of the local workforce.”