Decommissioning Insight 2017


Operators have indicated that they are looking to reduce the costs of removal by:

• Consolidating decommissioning activity as part of a longer-term programme – aggregating the removal of several platforms in a single campaign spreads mobilisation costs across assets. This may involve leaving some assets in place until their removal aligns with activity for other assets. • Allowing the market to drive the removal method – rather than dictating a particular approach, operators are increasingly looking to the supply chain to specify the optimum solution, and are open to integrated packages of services and contracts.

• Being flexible about when activity takes place – this allows the removal contractor to carry out the activity when the vessel is available.

• Exploring the potential for cross-operator campaigns – this is already proving a valuable approach in the southern North Sea where platforms are smaller and the cost for removal per tonne is therefore higher.


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