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More aspects of decommissioning offshore structures than ever before will be discussed at the leading conference on the topic at St Andrews in November.

The Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2017, supported by principal sponsor, Aberdeen Harbour Board, and run jointly by Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea, will take place from 27-29 November at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

Tipped as one of the most extensive decommissioning events in the industry’s calendar, the three-day conference brings together key industry stakeholders to discuss key challenges and opportunities. Some of the items being explored on the conference agenda include regulators and regulation, the decommissioning market and technology.

Oil & Gas UK’s upstream policy director Michael Tholen said:

“The key to helping the UK supply chain seize the opportunities that the emerging decommissioning sector presents is to ensure companies have the most up to date market intelligence. Delegates at the conference will be among the first to hear what our annual Decommissioning Insight report reveals about the market in the UK, Norway and Denmark.

“While our focus is on encouraging exploration and production in the UKCS, we believe the oil and gas supply chain also has the necessary skills and equipment to compete for over 80 per cent of the total scope of decommissioning activities forecast over the next ten years. Having established a track record for completing some major decommissioning projects already, there is great potential for the supply chain to develop a world-class centre of excellence in the UK.”

Decom North Sea Chief Executive Roger Esson said: “Whilst current market intelligence is critical to the objective of efficient and cost-effective North Sea decommissioning, maximum results will be achieved when that information is considered alongside the industry’s ability to carry out the work required.

“The Offshore Decommissioning Conference will see the launch of Decom North Sea’s Supply Chain Capacity and Capability report, which I believe will go on to become a staple of the decommissioning sector. Providing an accurate annual reflection of our capacity to fulfil not only the North Sea, but global decommissioning demand, it will allow the supply chain to plan for future, identify alternative contracting and commercial arrangements and ensure it is ready to optimise the opportunities that arise.”

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