Operators – Donald Martin, Spirit Energy, Decommissioning Projects Manager
Donald Martin offers a breadth of relevant and current knowledge of decommissioning from the perspectives of operator, removals contractor and EDC contractor. Over the last decade Donald has demonstrated passion and commitment to the sector working in pioneering projects including NW Hutton, the preparation and removal of 7 platforms in the Greater Ekofisk Area and Murchison Decommissioning Programme.
Being a key member of CNRl's decommissioning project team from project inception in the study phase, through to creation of the decommissioning programme, CoP application, well abandonment, platform cleaning, de-manning and most recently Murchison topsides removal, Donald's experience spans all phases of decommissioning.
He was the sponsor of the Decommissioning Services Contract, now completed, and of the Removals Services Contract that will see major jacket removal activities taking place next year. He takes a particular interest in setting up contracting relationships that deliver successful outcomes for all parties through aligned objectives, strong teamwork and collaboration.
Donald holds an MSc in Major Programme Management from Oxford University Said Business School. Viewing successive decommissioning projects as parts of an overall operator's programme, he is keen on driving improvements through programme synergies and the application of structured learning. He firmly believes that by working together, industry can reverse the trend of rising decommissioning costs.
He is a strong advocate of developing capability and talent, and has worked regularly with academia to facilitate student placements, a number of which have led to staff recruitments into CNRI’s decommissioning team.
Prior to joining CNRI, Donald worked for a heavy lift contractor and before that a tier 1 EDC contractor. He has experience and cultural awareness of Norwegian and Dutch operations as well as those in UKCS that enable him to contribute effectively to the board of a DNS serving the whole of the North Sea.