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Press Release19th May 2021

OGUK launches series of films unwrapping challenges of decommissioning

A new series of bite-sized videos launched by OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK oil and gas industry, promises to shine a light on the highly skilled activity of decommissioning oil and gas installations, with some now nearing the end of their productive life in the UK North Sea. 

Working with the National Decommissioning Centre, the University of Aberdeen and OGTC, plus several operators and specialist supply chain companies, OGUK brings to life key aspects of this growth industry that the UK has the potential to lead globally.

Joe Leask, OGUK’s Decommissioning Manager, said:

“This series of 3-minute films is about unwrapping the layers of complexity sometimes associated with decommissioning. They go into the rigour involved at each stage of the process, the focus on driving technological innovation and the massive scale of removing offshore structures. The films also cover advances in well expertise, as well as the cost and tax implications of decommissioning.

“Working together with the broader supply chain, academics and the innovation community has enabled us to highlight where the industry is taking action to accelerate the energy transition and embrace opportunities for decommissioning to support a low carbon future. We’d like to thank the following organisations for their contributions: bp; CNR International; Fairfield Decom Limited; Legasea Ltd, Lerwick Harbour Board; National Decommissioning Centre; OGTC; Petrofac; RepsolSinopec Resources; Saipem; Shell Upstream International; Spirit Energy; University of Aberdeen and Well-Safe Solutions.”

“While oil and gas will continue to be required to supply the UK’s energy needs as we transition towards greener energy, our industry is expanding its decommissioning expertise on a growing number of projects, some of which we showcase in this series. This impressive body of knowledge presents great export opportunities for our supply chain in the future, as maturing basins around the world seek low-carbon decommissioning expertise.”

The first video in the series launched this week outlines the decommissioning process and all five will be available to view on OGUK’s website https://oguk.org.uk/decommissioning/

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