Decommissioning while being considerate to the UKs net-zero pledge is the next big step for our industry

As 2021 unfolds before us and the tumultuous year that was 2020 slowly fades to memory, the Energy Transition gains ever increasing traction and pace, a Net Zero basin ambition is now reality with seismic shifts in government, corporate and public opinion and action. GHG protocol is an obligation to all companies and Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is now a regulation to all who qualify, add to this Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) criteria, the benchmark used to evaluate green investment opportunity, Green Bonds and Climate Bonds - the clean energy super tanker has set its course and is steaming full ahead.

Decommissioning can be challenging and there is a big question that we want to address – “Is the offshore energy industry supply chain, “race ready” to rise to the challenge of decommissioning in a Net Zero basin?”

This survey is designed to begin to explore the state of readiness in the supply chain and seek clarity on expectations from the asset owners. Please take the time to click on the link and complete the survey, the results of which will be presented at the forthcoming Decom Week 2021.

Complete the survey here

SDI International Selling Programme

Scottish Development International (SDI) is inviting nominations for its next round of the International Selling Programme. It is anticipated that this will be the final one for energy companies and focusses on renewables /decommissioning/low carbon, including oil and gas supply chain companies.

The programme commences on 4th May and deadline for nominations is close of play Wednesday 31st March. Please add nominations to this nomination list for consideration.


Programme Focus & Objectives:  The intensive programme runs over four weeks, with a blend of online workshops and virtual 1-2-1 mentoring and needs companies to commit to attend all sessions. The time commitment from delegates is around 25 hours throughout May.  The key objective is to support companies to rethink their international sales processes and develop an international sales growth action plan. The programme is targeted at companies operating in complex international sales environments where some of their challenges could include long selling cycles, complex buying processes, articulation of technically focused value propositions. An understanding of international culture as well as customer requirements and buying motivation is also a key focus.  This course is about complex selling and is not a selling skills course for non-sales or junior sales people.

Number of companies on programme: 8 max

Delegates: 2 people max per company – for people operating at a senior strategic level within the company, with responsibility or clout in driving forward or instigating change to the international sales process and strategy. 

Eligibility Criteria: Existing exporters,  renewables/decommissioning/low carbon companies or tech companies selling into that space,  ideally with a current or emerging opportunity. This could include a live sales lead/prospect, a tender opportunity, a reseller/distributor opportunity or a new market opportunity. 

Cost: Free of charge. In turn we need companies to commit the time to the programme and to the development of the sales action plan.

Further info:  Contact Ian Ross on

Please note this opportunity is only open to businesses based in Scotland.

SME Internationalisation Fund


Game Changers


Game Changers welcome yet another new partnership as they announce a set of challenges launched on behalf of the Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme (AFCP).

AFCP is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme, investigating the role of advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycles for a Net Zero future. It's laying the foundation for Britain to maximise current capability to meet Net Zero and continue future deployment of sustainable fuel and recycling concepts.

Read more about the three challenges below:

Treatment of nitrogen oxides from nuclear fuel recycling off-gases
Shape sorting of coated particle fuel
Controlling oxygen and moisture levels in salts

Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme


The Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme - £160 million, will be made available to upgrade ports and infrastructure across communities in Scotland, Wales and Northern England to hugely increase our offshore wind capacity.

The scheme aims to accelerate the development of large-scale integrated manufacturing portside hubs in the UK. It could involve capital support towards some of the cost of coastal infrastructure, that are capable of hosting major clusters and creating significant wider economic benefits.

BEIS are therefore inviting applications from coastal landowners/developers for potential large-scale manufacturing portside hubs and potential smaller portside development projects.

The details can be viewed here -

Rockrose - East Brae and Braemar


Rockrose's East Brae and Braemar project has been approved Sept 2020.

Contact: Kerry Lawson, Contracts Supervisor,, 01224 803849

• Main installations to be decommissioned: East Brae topsides and jackets, subsea installations, pipelines. All removal to shore.

• Located in Central North Sea with water depth approx. 116m. CoP date projected 2023.

• Topside combined dry weight approx. 20,000t. Jacket structure approx. 10,000t.

RWE Renewables Sofia Suppliers Portal


The portal is now up and running for companies to register with. It contains a number of current contract opportunities.

The portal address is 

ENI - Hewett


ENI have submitted decommissioning plans for six platforms on Hewett field in Southern North Sea.   

Topsides and jackets for all platforms will be removed and returned to shore for processing, recycling or disposal. Preparation work required prior to topsides removal. Late 2021 is earliest start date for decom activities.

Contact: Dhillip Sankoomar, Project Interface Manager,, 01352842213

Graduate Apprenticeships at RGU


Now more than ever is the time to ensure your workforce has the right skills and capabilities to support your organisations future success. Graduate Apprenticeships with RGU offer a high-value, low cost option for you to shape your workforce in line with business demands.

Courses are fully funded, designed around the needs of business and industry and allow employees to continue to work while they earn their degree. Your business will be involved in the learning process to ensure it fits seamlessly with your operational priorities and supports the skills needs for your organisations future success as our economy recovers. We still have places remaining to start this September in subjects such as engineering, construction, data science and accounting. Contact  or visit to find out more.

EMA FPS Quarterly Report -2020


The latest of EMA’s quarterly Floating Production Systems Report features over 150 pages and 50 charts packed with information that is critical to understanding the ever-changing status of the FPS market.

The Quarterly Report focuses on tracking all FPS projects and potential FPS projects globally. Each report is comprehensive in its coverage of the FPS market, however, the Quarterly Report does not include EMA’s exclusive FPS forecasts which is released in the FPS Outlook Report.

Exclusive DNS Member Discount – Receive 20% off the report – click here for details.

Tech challenge - Solutions required for a Contamination Mapping and Visualisation System


This challenge is to identify technologies to work in combination with the current method of measurement that uses a hand-held device and find a solution of mapping the measurements and providing real time visual and point cloud data. In essence, geo-referencing, time-stamping and recording the outputs of a handheld device” Technologies should be >TRL3. Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to pitch to the challenge holder.

More details here

Skills Development Scotland Learning Portal


People who have been furloughed or made redundant are being encouraged to develop their skills with the help of a new online resource.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has introduced the portal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. Working closely with learning providers, additional opportunities will be included in the coming weeks and months. 

Anyone can learn new or develop existing skills through flexible and convenient online learning from 12 different providers across a range of subject areas, such as digital, languages, business and technology.   

Click here for more information.

Decom Week 2021 Sponsorship

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Decom North Sea Awards Sponsorship

Sponsorship Opportunity

Decom North Sea Sponsorship 2021

Sponsorship Opportunity

ESA Decommissioning of Energy Assets Feasibility Study

BMT has been awarded a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to assess the feasibility of using space-based data and communication to support the decommissioning of energy assets.

As decommissioning activities ramp up for oil and gas infrastructure and wind farm decommissioning starting to emerge, there is an increasing need for support from new technologies in an effort to reduce overall costs and risk. Earth observation data from satellites has potential to play a key role in decommissioning activities, providing regional overview of the maritime environment and allowing operational data from the field to be interrogated in real-time. The results of our technical feasibility study will establish the roadmap for service implementation through follow-on demonstration projects.

BMT, along with 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI), will look to examine the feasibility of utilising space-based data to support decommissioning planning and operations, so as to reduce hazards such as sea and weather conditions, maritime traffic and environmental pollution, and to provide insights that reduce risk.

Initial project objectives are to:


  1. Minimise risks by providing accurate information relating to hazards such as weather conditions, maritime traffic and environmental pollution;
  2. Increase the efficiency of operations by providing up to date knowledge of the field and reducing down-time due to weather and resource misallocation;
  3. Reduce costs by providing improved scenario planning in advance of decommissioning, as well as minimising/optimising vessel usage resulting in a reduction in fuel usage and therefore reduced Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

It is anticipated that the above objectives will enable additional means for collaboration between decommissioning programs and activities.

BMT is currently collecting information from industry experts who might use such a service or can visualise the tool in a wider context. With that in mind respondents are sought to complete a survey about the services space-based data can offer the industry and primarily at what stage of the decommissioning life-cycle with a view to organising a workshop. If interested, you can participate by completing the on-line survey at:


Please direct questions on the project to .

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