The message is undoubtedly out there – whilst there is plenty of oil and gas that must be produced from the UKCS, decommissioning is climbing up and up the North Sea oil and gas industry’s agenda. In no way is this better illustrated than the announcement that this year’s Offshore Decommissioning Conference - organised by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK – is already a sell-out.

Taking place in St Andrews from November 17 to 19, those in attendance will benefit from two days’ focus on the importance of ensuring efficiency of decommissioning activities. Entitled Decommissioning – Taking the Initiative, the event will draw upon lessons learned, with case studies shared from late life operations and decommissioning activities, as well as relevant examples drawn from other sectors including the nuclear industry.

After-dinner speaker, BAFTA-nominated geologist, Dr Iain Stewart will mark the halfway point in the programme, before a day which includes interactive sessions focusing on new techniques and technologies and an update on L2P2 – the late life planning portal designed to set all future decommissioning projects in a standardised, efficient context.

Attending the event will be the decommissioning teams within operators and contractors, late life asset teams, and those looking to find out more about the decommissioning process or with ideas for making that process more efficient. Those who wish to find out more about the sector, but have been unable to secure a place at the event, should contact either Decom North Sea or Oil & Gas UK for further information.

Karen Seath, interim chief executive of Decom North Sea is delighted with the response to the conference: “The speed with which the Offshore Decommissioning Conference has sold out is proof – if ever it was needed – that decommissioning is now a major component of the oil and gas industry. The projected statistics make it clear that whilst there is challenge, there is certainly opportunity available in the sector; it’s a chance for us all to flex our innovative and strategic planning muscle - and that challenge is clearly tempting to many.

“I would urge those who are unable to attend the conference to access the information made available by both Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK, and find out exactly how they can be a part of this upcoming sector.”

Mick Borwell, environment director at Oil & Gas UK and conference co-chair, said:” A key priority of Oil & Gas UK is to provide operators and the supply chain with a wealth of information to ensure that knowledge drawn from more than 12 years of decommissioning experience in the North Sea is shared across the industry. The conference plays a key role in that process by helping the industry, including the UK’s world-class upstream supply chain, gain insights into how they can develop a competitive industrial capability.”

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