Training & Technology

Oil and gas decommissioning courses to be offered in London and Aberdeen

Chris Gray, Strategic Decom – Steve Jewell, Well Decom – Drew Leitch, MDT International.

Professional courses to help plan for the future of North Sea oil and gas decommissioning are to be offered in Aberdeen and London.

Training specialist MDT International will work with consultancies Strategic Decom and Well Decom to offer three courses on the topic, starting this year.

The courses have been designed to help operators plan for the trick business of removing North Sea infrastructure as it becomes obsolete.

Open courses are scheduled to run in Aberdeen and London but are also available in-house to businesses.

Drew Leitch, managing director of Aberdeen-based MDT, said firms should consider the possibilities that the emerging decomm market offers.

He said: “Projected North Sea decommissioning activity estimates vary, with the most conservative predicting the market will require over £30 billion of expenditure before 2040 in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) alone.

“Decommissioning presents global opportunity for the oil and gas supply chain and requires a range of highly skilled personnel and high value capability.

“Planning for decommissioning is a long and challenging process and providing staff with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the process is vital.

“There are significant socio-economic opportunities for job creation in the Scottish, UK and European supply chains, a foundation from which North Sea based firms can export expertise to other parts of the world.

“To take full advantage of this opportunity, the industry must build on its existing capacity and capability to service the complex and demanding nature of decommissioning work in the North Sea.”

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