Decommissioning

The decommissioning of the Dunlin Cluster presents an interesting challenge for our teams of onshore professionals and the offshore workforce.  The decommissioning project is envisaged to be significant in terms of similar projects undertaken to date and is expected to comprise 4 main stages:

  • The flushing clean of hydrocarbons and ‘making safe’ for the commencement of removal activities
  • The plug and abandonment of 16 Subsea wells, followed by the decommissioning of the Osprey and Merlin subsea infrastructure
  • The plug and abandonment of 45 Platform wells, followed by a strategy for the appropriate management of the platform topsides
  • The post-decommissioning site remediation and monitoring

The overall programme for the decommissioning of the Dunlin Cluster, from cessation of production to final site remediation, is expected to have a duration of approximately five years.  Throughout each of the main project stages, the associated activities will be planned in consultation with a range of recognised stakeholders. These stakeholders include industry regulators, other users of the marine environment, and the communities in which we operate. The consultations, that commenced in 2010 for particular aspects of the proposed decommissioning programme, will create a collaborative environment in which to find the most appropriate solutions for the decommissioning challenges whilst balancing considerations for the environment, personal safety, technical feasibility, and socio-economic benefit.

We will outline the main factors that will influence the decisions that are made over the coming months and years, explain how the views of stakeholders will be considered, and invite contributions from interested parties.  The aim is to ensure that the Dunlin Cluster is concluded with a responsible legacy to both the environment and society as the reliance on alternative energy resources becomes more prominent

Dunlin Alpha Decommissioning Workshop Draft Agenda - Jan 2010

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