A BIG turnout is expected for a North Sea decommissioning conference in Scotland later this year.
The Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2011, to be held at Dunblane from October 4-6, will look at the role and requirements of the oil and gas industry’s offshore decommissioning supply chain.
It will be chaired jointly by Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) operations director Paul Dymond and Brian Nixon, chief executive of industry body Decom North Sea.
Mr Dymond said: “Our key objective is to facilitate open and honest dialogue across a wide spectrum of the oil and gas industry including small supply chain companies, contractors and many of the major operators; in this way, we can make progress on the initiatives that emerged from last year’s successful conference and identify further actions that support the industry’s decommissioning plans strategy.”
Mr Nixon said: “With costs for decommissioning oil and gas infrastructure estimated to reach £29billion by 2040 it is vital to capitalise on this opportunity to work collaboratively to prepare for the challenges ahead.”
Mr Dymond and Mr Nixon will be joined by a line-up of industry experts, who will share their knowledge of decommissioning.
There will also be interactive discussions on issues including technology, contracting strategies, market opportunities in the southern North Sea and the environment.
The second day of the conference will focus on decommissioning and the environment, including looking at the new marine bill and waste management. The event will close with a workshop session on the theme of technology.
More than 200 delegates attended last year’s event and OGUK said the conference continued to attract increasing interest from companies keen to expand their awareness of the significant business opportunities available.
Bookings have now opened for the event, sponsored by Aker Solutions and Wood Group PSN.