Govt. publishes new decommissioning job-specs for 50 North Sea oil and gas assets for public consultation

Shell Brent field decommissioning graphic
Shell Brent field decommissioning graphic

The Dept of Energy (BEIS) has published the following table with full job-spec technical details of current draft decommissioning plans by the operators of some 50 N. Sea oil and gas assets.

Owners of oil and gas installations and pipelines are required to decommission their offshore infrastructure at the end of a field’s economic life and the 1998 Petroleum Act requires owners to set out the measures to decommission disused installations and/or pipelines in a detailed decommissioning programme.

Each decommissioning programme must identify all the items of equipment, infrastructure and materials that have been installed or drilled and describe the decommissioning solution for each.

The responsibility for ensuring that the requirements of the Petroleum Act 1998 are complied with rests with the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) which sits within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

OPRED aims to be transparent in its consideration of decommissioning programmes. As a result members of the public, other organisations, non-governmental organisations and other government departments or agencies are invited to comment on the proposals set out (in the link above) via the following link;

email The Offshore Decommissioning Unit

Following the Shell’s Brent Spar reputation-management disaster in 1994, the Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR) set a binding decision in 1998 that prohibits at-sea dumping or partial-decommissioning – but with exemptions for ‘special cases’, which is what Shell is presently proposing for its end-of-life Brent field platforms.

7 Mar 2018

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