DNV GL seek oil industry partners to develop end-of-life guidance for offshore installations

decommissioning oil rigsDNV GL, in collaboration with Decom North Sea is seeking industry partners to participate in a joint industry project to develop industry guidance to assist in effective and cost-efficient major accident hazard management for installations during late-life and end of life operations.

It will also facilitate safety case compliance through cessation of production, well plug and abandonment, decommissioning, dismantlement and removal.

Participants will be able to learn from others, share experiences, explore opportunities to reduce costs, and help shape fit-for purpose risk management and safety case compliance guidance.

Whilst there is considerable experience, guidance and clarity on managing major accident hazards during the operational life of an installation, there is relatively little knowledge on effective risk management for the late life phases, leading into cessation of production, through to final installation removal. 

The challenge of continuing risk management through the late-life operation of an installation and into the post-cessation of production stages must be accomplished on ageing facilities in a very cost-conscious environment. The risks from major accident hazards change considerably during this period as the hydrocarbon production risks reduce and the risks associated with decommissioning, well plugging and abandonment, and structural dismantlement are introduced, and environmental impact risk increases. 

The JIP is in response to an industry request and reflects the importance of maintaining effective management of major accident hazards and legal compliance during the end of life phases of an installation.  It also addresses the cost and effort required to deliver this; the recent significant revision of OSCR; and the lack of documented experience and practices.

Hamish Holt, Project Manager, said: “This work will capture, challenge and develop the current experience and knowledge within the offshore oil and gas, heavy lift and deconstruction industries as well as input from relevant regulators and DNV GL. 

“We will create guidance that will promote an effective, robust and cost-conscious approach to management of major accident hazards during the end of life phases of an installation. This should reduce the potential for over or under-managed major accident hazards and also reduce the risk from programme delays due to compliance issues.

 “An advantage of developing industry guidance within a JIP is that participants have the opportunity, outside a specific project or organisation-to-organisation reporting line, to discuss with other parties: issues, concerns, situations, opportunities, and ideas for improvement. This allows open discussion on potentially contentious or radical approaches, without endangering reputation or regulatory relationships.”

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