Decommissioning is not a dirty word

What comes to your mind when you hear the word Decommissioning?

Decommissioning as an industry is still in its infancy – many projects have been made more complex by the lack of regulation when building assets in the past. Due to this, decommissioning is thought as something cold and environment damaging, when in fact, it can be seen as the complete opposite. By decommissioning old infrastructures, we are ultimately ridding the planet of potential pollutants left behind by structures and processes when climate change was not taken into consideration.

Now, during the phases of decommissioning assets, an emphasis is placed on protecting the environment around them , and ensuring the landscape is able to recover. In some cases, the assets have been left as marine life has moved in to the abandoned spaces and aquatic life has increased in the area. The industry routinely collects critical environmental data needed to create and maintain sustainable ecosystems. For the North Sea, the oil and gas industry has been a prominent collector of environment knowledge for over 50 years. We would not have this wealth of knowledge about the North Sea if not for this industry.

The archaic construction and regulation of decommissioning assets means that the older rigs and buildings are not sustainable and could be contributing to climate change. Oil and Gas UK found more than 100 platforms are expected to be completely or partially removed from the UK and Norwegian continental shelves by 2025 and more than 1,800 wells are also scheduled to be plugged and 7,500km of pipeline decommissioned. By removing these assets we are helping the earth to recover and prepare organisations to innovate and collaborate to create safe sustainability.

Decommissioning does not have to be a dirty word. With the right network of industry key players, organisations can ensure they are leaving the earth a better place than they acquired. That’s why TotalDECOM holds cross-sector events, to proactively promote change so we can maximise economic and environmental recovery in a safe, timely and cost effective manner.

The Scottish government's minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse has stated:

‘Decommissioning is just one of the opportunities, to ever more efficiently recover the substantial oil and gas resources remaining in the North Sea, and to harness transferable skills to develop offshore Renewables - all of which have the potential to deliver enormous economic benefits for the whole country.’

With HM Government challenging Nuclear, oil and gas sectors to reduce their provisions and climate change becoming a real threat to our way of life, now is the time to act. TotalDECOM’s services can ensure you know the right people to make your decommissioning project a success and lead the way for change in the industry.

For more information contact George Moses on 01229 400209.

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