The oil and gas industry is to hear lessons from the nuclear sector on decomissioning.
David Peattie, chief executive officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Offshore Decommissioning Conference.
The two day event is jointly hosted by industry bodies Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, andis expected to attract over 450 delegates.
From an environmental perspective, the agenda will consider the impact of OSPAR Decision 98/3 on its 20th anniversary; it will also highlight the continued importance of cross-sector learning via the nuclear and marine salvage sectors.
A focus upon market intelligence – including an overview of Oil & Gas UK’s Decommissioning Insight 2017 – will investigate future local and global supply chain opportunities.
Well plugging and abandonment activity – a costly industry practice – will also be put under the spotlight.
Decom North Sea Chief Executive, Roger Esson, said: “Earlier this year, the OGA set the UK decommissioning sector a challenge to reduce North Sea decommissioning costs by approximately 35%.
“By sharing the decommissioning knowledge and expertise within the sector, and showcasing the range of innovative technology and services of over 40 exhibitors, the Conference will work to address the OGA’s challenge whilst ensuring the supply chain has the capacity and capability to make the most of the opportunities available.”
Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director, Michael Tholen added: “The Conference provides the ideal opportunity to position companies ahead of the decommissioning game, and enable them to play a vital part in the continued success of the UK Continental Shelf exploration, through production to decommissioning.”
The conference will take place 27 – 29 November in St Andrews.