Global energy consultancy Xodus Group has appointed a new late life and decommissioning lead in Asia-Pacific following a significant increase in activity in the region.
The company has appointed Alasdair Gray, who has been with Xodus for more than 13 years, to the role. Gray has extensive experience in the design engineering of subsea pipelines, subsea construction and field decommissioning in the North Sea.
Xodus said that its integrated way of working will allow it to draw on its extensive North Sea track record while bringing together the best local engineering and environmental knowledge.
Xodus has been heavily involved in the inception of the new Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA), officially launched yesterday. CODA, a collaborative industry effort aims to address the challenges and maximise the opportunities of decommissioning Australia’s ageing oil and gas infrastructure.
More than A$50 billion ($40.5 billion) of decommissioning work needs to be carried out on Australia’s offshore oil and gas infrastructure, over half of which must be started within the next ten years.
Meanwhile, more than 200 offshore fields are expected to stop producing in Southeast Asia by 2030 with total decommissioning costs estimated to range from $30 billion to as much as $100 billion.
“Although there is an ageing asset pool, decommissioning in the region is still in its infancy and we can see that through the ongoing engagement between state and federal governments and industry. Our strong regulatory and industry body relationships allow us to stay informed and input into any policy updates and changes as they are introduced and our involvement in CODA will only enhance that. My previous experience also allows me to draw on the decommissioning knowledge gained during my years in the UK and the challenges in the North Sea,” Gray said yesterday.
“We expect that decommissioning in APAC, and particularly Australia, is really going to accelerate over the next few years and Xodus’ knowledge and expertise in late life assets and environmental challenges from around the world can provide local operators with valuable guidance throughout the process,” added Gray.
Gray started his career in Aberdeen, Scotland, before moving to Perth, Australia, in early 2017. He has served as project engineer, lead engineer and project manager for several conceptual, FEED and detailed design studies around the world. In recent years, he has gained extensive experience in analysing options for large-scale decommissioning projects, including detailed work across the planning process, regulatory engagement and comparative assessments.