Quality assurance giant Intertek will research the impact on sandbanks of rock dumping during oil and gas decommissioning.
Intertek, a FTSE 100 company with bases in Aberdeen, was appointed by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to undertake the study.
The research will focus on the North Norfolk and Saturn Reef areas of the southern North Sea, which include a series of 10 main sandbanks.
The study will compare sediment profiles and characteristics associated with oil and gas rock dumping operations.
Beth Monkman, head of environment at Intertek Energy and Water, said: “We are delighted to conduct this important study for JNCC to assist industry, regulators and Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies in the decision-making process related to impact assessment of offshore decommissioning operations.”
Karen Hall, head of offshore industries advice at JNCC, said: “We are pleased to select Intertek to complete this important study and we look forward to working with them on this project.”