Aberdeen could become a decommissioning centre of excellence if the “right team” is put in place, according to a recruitment director for Europe and Africa.
Andrew Greenwood of workforce solutions provider Airswift said if the UK invests in training and expertise then there is no reason why the Granite City cannot benefit from a bright future stripping North Sea assets.
But he warned that delays, spiraling costs and “significant” safety issues could arise if the trade is not given the right focus.
Greenwood said: “The start of decommissioning offers significant revenue for the UK’s supply chain. However, oil and gas operators are faced with a lack of experience, so having the right team in place will be vital to the success of this burgeoning sector. If the right talent isn’t in place, operators could face delays, rising costs and significant safety issues.
“It will therefore be important that operators and the UK take the time to invest in decommissioning training and expertise. If they do, cities such as Aberdeen may become decommissioning centres of excellence. The UK could then export this talent around the world with individual companies establishing themselves as experts in running large-scale decommissioning programmes.”