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Decommissioning Offshore Infrastructure – Shared Perspectives from the UK and Australia

The Global Energy Institute, a new alliance between the University of Aberdeen and Curtin University, Western Australia, is delighted to invite you and your colleagues to a talk on shared perspectives on decommissioning from the UK and Australia.

Held at the stunning University of Aberdeen campus on the Wednesday evening of SPE Offshore Europe 2017, this event will be introduced by a brief presentation detailing the current position and emergent questions relating to the economic, legal and environmental aspects of decommissioning, followed by a broad discussion and networking drinks.

Discussion Points

  • As a number of offshore oil and gas-producing nations turn their attention increasingly to the question of decommissioning, received wisdom is naturally challenged. Are there more efficient ways to plug and abandon wells? How do decommissioning decisions fit within a strategy focused on maximising economic recovery?
  • However, one aspect of received wisdom that might be thought to be beyond question is that relating to environmental protection, enshrined in OSPAR Decision 98/3 in the case of the North East Atlantic region, which details what may be left in place.

Experts including Professor John Paterson, Aberdeen University Centre for Energy and Dr Claus Otto, Director of the Curtin Oil & Gas Innovation Centre will ask whether this aspect of decommissioning should also be re-examined, outlining the shared economic, legal and environmental perspectives from the UK and Australia.


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