SHELL Decommissioning UK Continental Shelf



Sep. 1 2018

Earlier this summer, Bureau Veritas was delighted to launch its latest decommissioning guide at Decom Offshore 2018. 

Decommissioning on the UK Continental Shelf – an overview of regulations’ provides up-to-date, easy to understand, the guidance of the regulations that apply to decommissioning work, from operators and stakeholders to the supply chain.

In recent years, the decommissioning industry has grown as an increasing number of assets come to the end of their lives; with approximately $102 billion of decommissioning-related expenditure forecast to 2040 in Western Europe. This represents a significant opportunity for a supply chain that has proven itself willing to adapt to the increasingly challenging physical and commercial environment in the mature North Sea basin.

Decommissioning presents its own unique set of challenges, with extensive legal obligations placed on operators, engineers and project managers. The detailed guide, compiled by Bureau Veritas, describes the necessary procedures for operators and duty holders to plan, execute and follow-up decommissioning work and help them comply with the relevant legislation.

Bureau Veritas’ experienced decommissioning engineers and inspectors have worked closely with dedicated partners in HSE services and plugging and abandoning assurance. The Guide is built on the wealth of knowledge accumulated on projects in the North Sea and around the world. While the Guide is focused on North Sea regulations, it is also designed to support operators in other oil and gas regions that will face the decommissioning challenge in the near future and will require this kind of thorough documentation to guide them through the process.

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