DecomRegHub staff had the opportunity to visit the SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition event in Aberdeen this week. With a dedicated Late Life and Decommissioning Zonea, we had the opportunity to share progress on the DecomRegHub with potential users, learn from industry presentations on decom issues, and discuss next steps for the Hub with other public bodies and potential partners.
Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Offshore Europe is one of the biggest networking and exhibition events for the offshore oil and gas industry, with over 900 exhibitors and upwards of 30 000 visitors across the four day event. Held at the new P&J Live Event Campus in Aberdeen, OE filled three halls with exhibition space covering all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production, and included an area dedicated to Decommissioning.
DecomRegHub’s partner organisation, the Oil and Gas Authority, manned an exhibition stand in the Decom area, where attendees could find out more about progress with OGA’s targets for reducing the cost of decommissioning and the latest projections for decom spend. Visitors to the OGA exhibition space could also test their decom knowledge with fun quizzes - including one on Topsides and Substructure Removal and Onshore Recycling, devised jointly with the DecomRegHub team. This was a great opportunity for us to test how well our new partnership had improved the regulators’ knowledge of each other’s work! The quizzes can be found in OGA’s Lessons Learned area of their website at https://www.ogauthority.co.uk/lessons-learned/
SEPA is consulting on an amendment to Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations permit conditions for the receipt of radioactive waste and contaminated items, including NORM.