Oil & Gas UK and ITF to Focus on Decommissioning

Oil & Gas UK and the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) are joining forces at two back-to-back events on June 12 - 13, 2008 at the AECC to help inform the oil and gas supply chain of the opportunities on offer as decommissioning plans progress. The events are designed to promote the development of the technologies and capabilities needed to support the abandonment of infrastructure at the end of its productive life.

Delegates at the event will be well-positioned to address concerns raised at Oil & Gas UK's breakfast briefing in London where chief executive Malcolm Webb said: "New blood is needed in the UK continental shelf but concern over the potentially rising cost of decommissioning is impeding the transfer of assets and the recovery of the UKs remaining 25 billion barrels of oil and gas."

Sharpening the industry's focus on the technical challenges of decommissioning is one way to push the cost of decommissioning down, to everybody's benefit. Oil & Gas UK's 'Decommissioning Seminar - Engaging the Supply Chain' will be held on June 12, 2008 and is sponsored by Aker Solutions. BP's head of decommissioning, Gunther Newcombe, will open the event at which over a hundred delegates will learn of the need to consider decommissioning as an integration of operator and supply chain activities.

The seminar will further attendees' understanding of the issues associated with cleaning infrastructure before its disposal, rigless abandonment techniques and the opportunities on offer to provide the technologies so vital in a successful decommissioning program.

Complementing the seminar, ITF will be hosting its decommissioning theme day on June 13, 2008, sponsored by BERR and Scottish Enterprise Energy Team. Picking up on findings from Oil and Gas UK's seminar the previous day, ITF's theme day will enable its member companies, technology developers and the wider oil and gas community to collaboratively identify, understand and define the key technology challenges faced by the industry in decommissioning.

The output from the theme day will allow ITF to issue a global call for proposals to meet the technology needs of oil and gas decommissioning, which will in turn benefit the entire industry. The ITF process will then establish joint industry projects with up to 100% funding available for successful, innovative technology proposals.