A Western Australian official said yesterday that the region intends to learn from the North Sea’s approach to decommissioning.
John Atkins, agent general for the Government of Western Australia in London, said there was decommissioning activity on the North West Shelf, but that the country is still some way behind the UK.
Mr Atkins said: “North West Shelf industry is 50 years old. It’s getting to the stage where some of these assets are going to need decommissioning.
“We’re behind the North Sea as far as maturity is concerned, so as the North Sea tackles these issues there’s a chance for us to learn and find opportunities for us to share.
“It’s not an immediate opportunity, but it will become one over time.”
Mr Atkins was speaking at the inaugural Aberdeen−Perth Western Australia Gateway, an event aimed at improving trade links between both cities.
Mr Atkins also said there would be many opportunities for collaboration on science and innovation between Aberdeen and Perth.
Furthermore, the official said the Canning Basin in Australia was a potentially rich gas resource, and that Scottish experts could help extract the reserves.