As offshore facilities age and oil reserves become more difficult to access, the running of a site becomes increasingly less appealing to operators. While many consider decommissioning to be an expensive and uninviting process, life extension techniques to improve efficiency and reduce costs can add years onto the life of an ageing facility.
The University of Aberdeen has set up the world’s first and only Master’s course in decommissioning, positioning itself as the North Sea’s foremost centre for the training of decommissioning specialists. Elliot Gardner talks to a University of Aberdeen course leader to get some insight.
Offshore oil output has held steady since 2000, yet offshore gas production has skyrocketed by 50% in the same period. In this special feature, Elliot Gardner maps out the world’s biggest upcoming offshore gas projects.
A new, collaborative supply chain approach to global decommissioning of oil and gas structures was launched in April by Lloyds Register, WorleyParsons and Ardent, offering an end-to-end solution to reduce the decommissioning burden, risk and cost for operators. But what does that mean in practice? Elliot Gardner sat down with consortium representatives to find out more.