Decommissioning Activity Increasing in the Asia Pacific

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With the news of the successful decommissioning of the Iwaki Platform in Japan and the P&A work currently being undertaken by Clough Helix JV at Lufeng in the South China Sea, decommissioning activity is really starting to take off in the Asia Pacific region.

Simon Hird, Business Development Manager at Clough Helix JV spoke to DecomWorld about the importance of corporate responsibilities regarding the environment when working on decommissioning projects,

“As an industry we have a responsibility to leave the oceans in the same condition as we found them. This not only means that we must produce hydrocarbons responsibly, but that we then securely plug our wells and remove our infrastructure.

“As fields throughout the world, in increasingly deep water, approach the end of their economic lives, the technology to safely abandon these facilities and return the seabed to the state in which we found it becomes critical.”

Simon will be sharing his experience and knowledge at the upcoming 2nd Annual Offshore Decommissioning Summit, Asia Pacific which will be taking place on October 13-14 in Singapore (http://www.eyeforenergy.com/asiapac). Simon continued, “it is important that we [as an industry] meet and share our views”

Gunther Newcombe, Vice President of Decommissioning at BP also spoke to DecomWorld and added, “Decommissioning activity is increasing in the SE Asia area and it is important for the industry to share its experiences in order to ensure that decommissioning projects are cost effective, safe and environmentally sound.

“In addition it is also important to understand how decommissioning considerations need to be part of the full life cycle of an asset, with early planning being critical to success.”

Both Gunther Newcombe and Simon Hird will be meeting with other industry experts from Shell Malaysia, Chevron, Eni E&P, Reverse Engineering, TETRA Technologies, Maersk and many others…

More information on the conference can be found at http://www.eyeforenergy.com/asiapac

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