Fairfield is currently consulting on plans for decommissioning the Dunlin Alpha platform which was formerly used for production of oil and gas from the Greater Dunlin Area.
Proposals for the decommissioning of the Dunlin Alpha installation were submitted to the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) and subjected to formal consultation in 3Q 2018. Responses to that consultation draft Decommissioning Programme (DP) were considered and addressed where appropriate. Following the consultation period, and in agreement with OPRED, it has been decided to split the Dunlin Alpha Decommissioning Programme and Environmental Appraisal into two separate programmes, addressing the topsides and substructure respectively. These documents are supported by the combined Dunlin Alpha Comparative Assessment Report and Stakeholder Engagement Report.
Key Consultation Documents
- Dunlin Alpha Topsides Final Decommissioning Programme (DA DP-01) - Approved
- Dunlin Alpha Topsides Environmental Appraisal (DA EA-01)
- Dunlin Alpha Substructure Decommissioning Programme (DA DP-02) – Being drafted
- Dunlin Alpha Substructure Environmental Appraisal (DA EA-02) – Being drafted
- Dunlin Alpha Comparative Assessment Report
- Dunlin Alpha Stakeholder Engagement Report
- Dunlin Alpha Derogation Case – Being drafted
- Dunlin Alpha Decommissioning Programme (DA DP) - Now superseded by DP-01 and DP-02
- Dunlin Alpha Environmental Appraisal Report (DA EA) - Now superseded by EA-01 and EA-02
- Independent Review Group Report
- Dunlin Alpha Cell Contents Technical Report (updated March 2019)
- FAQ: Cell Contents (updated March 2019)
- Dunlin Alpha Drill Cuttings Report
- FAQ: Drill Cuttings
- Fairfield Waste Management Strategy
See also Link to Fairfield’s Key Event and Information Library for additional information.
Comments on the proposals are welcome from all those with an interest in the fate of the Dunlin Alpha, including the CGBS and storage cell contents. Further documentation referred to within the consultation documents where not already online can also be made available for inspection by arrangement.
The consultation closed on 14 September 2018. Any further comments, queries and requests for further information should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What Happens Next?
After collation of consultation responses and further discussions with BEIS, the draft Decommissioning Programme and supporting documents will be updated and refined as required. Additional discussion with stakeholders may be needed depending on the comments submitted.
The expectation is that BEIS will present a ‘derogation case’ to the Contracting Parties of the Oslo Paris Convention (OSPAR) whose Decision 98/3 allows for exceptions to be made from the normal requirement for disused offshore installations to be fully removed, such as in the case of concrete installations like Dunlin Alpha where there are significant reasons why an alternative disposal method is preferable rather than re-use, recycling or final disposal on land.
The final Decommissioning Programme will incorporate details of comments from statutory and public consultees indicating how these have been addressed. Following approval from the Secretary of State, the final version of the programme will be made available online and stakeholders notified.