ABB Consulting – a leader in process safety, integrity management and related services – has conducted and completed a study, focusing on methods for cost-efficient decommissioning practice. The study, named the ‘Removal and Disposal Landscaping Study,’ was completed on behalf of Decom North Sea (DNS), the representative body for the decommissioning industry, and Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS).
Promoting alternative decommissioning methodologies
The study was launched in March 2015 to identify efficient decommissioning solutions, such as re-use, and thereby contribute to the circular economy approach for maximising the useful life of assets.
The report considers three familiar platform removal methods and determines the advantages and disadvantages of each. It examines the effect each removal method has on the opportunities for re-use and resale, ultimately recommending seven key actions to promote the benefits of alternative methodologies.
Decommissioning cost is forecasted to rise
Nigel Jenkins, Chief Executive at DNS, explains why this study was commissioned: “With decommissioning cost forecast rising, currently in the region of £45 billion, it is essential we find innovative solutions to reduce the cost burden for both the operators and the UK tax payer. This important research starts the journey towards increased efficiency, circular economy principles and presents opportunities for the UK supply chain.”
Re-use can be considered as part of the decommissioning process
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “This new report offers some excellent insight into how re-use can be considered as part of the decommissioning process, helping to contribute to a circular economy. Moving to a circular economy has economic and environmental benefits, and it’s great to be able to collaborate with this industry to explore the options it presents.”
Adapted from press release by David Bizley