UK oil major BP has found itself at the centre of a scrapping row related to a floating production storage and offloading (FSPO) vessel off Scotland.

Confidential documents seen by the Guardian show the company sought approval to drop 14 pipes, plus mooring lines and anchors, from Teekay’s 43,300-gt Petrojarl Foinaven (built 1998), in a legally protected marine wildlife zone 120 miles west of Shetland.

The report said the operation began earlier this month after BP was given clearance by the UK’s decommissioning regulator.