2021 Offshore Decommissioning Conference

29 November 2021

OSPAR was invited to the Conference to present OSPAR Decision 98/3 on the disposal of disused of offshore installations and referred to the assessments required, the consultation procedure and the permit conditions for potential derogations in the OSPAR Maritime Area.

Together with other stakeholders, OSPAR participated in the panel of experts chaired by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) which discussed the consideration of science and technology in decommissioning policies.

The session covered ongoing R&D initiatives such as the first rigs-to-reef project in Thailand, the UK’s National Decommissioning Centre and H2020 ATLAS & iAtlantic projects. The panellists highlighted that that collaboration between industry including operator and contractors, academia and regulators was needed at national, regional, and international level.