Oil & Gas UK issues decommissioning documents

Offshore staff

LONDON – Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea have published a new report commissioned from consultant engineers Arup.

“Adoption of Novel Solutions” is intended to provide the industry with guidance on good practice in identifying, qualifying, and adopting new technologies for decommissioning of offshore assets. 

Mick Borwell, Oil & Gas UK’s environment director, said: “By increasing collective understanding of how our sector can carry out decommissioning activities in a safe, environmentally sound and cost-effective way through the adoption of novel technology, including remotely operated tools for access and inspection, and new methodologies to streamline processes, we can improve the efficiency of projects across the basin.

“Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea have worked together to ensure this report provides potential innovators with a clear process to bring into the UK market new solutions which have the potential to deliver cost reductions and manage activity more effectively.”

Karen Seath, CEO of Decom North Sea, said: “Commercial constraints and industry opinion are common obstacles to the acceptance of innovation. However, projected statistics make it clear that decommissioning must be undertaken as efficiently as possible, and a crucial step is to ensure we accept, invest in and push innovation forward.”

Arup’s report includes case studies from other sectors such as the nuclear industry, and examines barriers preventing adoption of novel solutions. It provides recommendations on how the industry, UK government, and the Oil and Gas Authority can drive innovation in decommissioning.

Earlier this week, Oil & Gas UK published two documents to help operators and contractors plan and execute decommissioning activities more efficiently.

One is an independent study commissioned from Dundas Consultants. “Decommissioning Contract Risk Allocation between Operators and Contractors” uses a case study involving removal of a large fixed platform with subsea tiebacks to illustrate risk allocation under different contract types.

This takes into account factors such as poor weather and restricted access to offshore installations when agreeing contracts for decommissioning.

“Guidelines on Late-Life/Decommissioning Inspection and Maintenance” outlines good practice in making an efficient transition from late-life asset management toward cessation of production and decommissioning.


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