Report: Operators Stepping Up Search for North Sea Decommissioning Staff



Report: Operators Stepping Up Search for North Sea Decommissioning Staff
Operators are improving the ways in which they search for North Sea decommissioning staff, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group.

Operators are improving the ways in which they search for North Sea decommissioning staff, according to a new report by the Boston Consulting Group.

“Leading operators are recognizing that they need tailored talent acquisition and development plans for decommissioning that include sourcing and training interdisciplinary teams of technical and non-technical staff,” the report said.

“These operators are starting to highlight decommissioning careers to attract the right talent to both central and business unit roles,” the report added.

BCG’s North Sea Decommissioning report highlighted that many engineers acknowledged that decommissioning is the future of the industry in the region, but revealed that a significant portion of engineers with relevant experience are at or close to retirement.

The report also stated that finding talent for the sector is tough since it has to compete with “more exciting” activities such as exploration, development and late life asset operation, but suggested that the industry downturn is making it easier to attract staff for both technical and nontechnical roles in decommissioning.

North Sea decommissioning will be a “huge and expensive task”, one BCG representative told Rigzone, highlighting that an estimated 500 fixed installations must be removed from the North Sea, along with more than 500 subsea production systems. The plugging and abandoning of more than 10,000 wells is also anticipated.



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