OPPORTUNITY NORTH EAST and Scottish Enterprise – SME Decommissioning programme

Opportunity North East (ONE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) have jointly developed a programme to assist the oil and gas supply chain maximise emerging opportunities within offshore decommissioning.  The programme aim is to identify several direct project opportunities with sponsors for the supply chain to propose innovative and creative solutions in response to these project challenges.

Seabed Debris Clearance 

The first challenge is Seabed Debris Clearance, defined as significant seabed deposits left by the activities of oil and gas production.

ONE and SE are seeking propositions from companies with business and technical solutions applicable to seabed debris clearance on behalf of operator sponsors, ConocoPhillips and Shell.  The aim is to identify ways to remove debris to improve efficiency and reduce cost and safety risk in an environmentally responsible manner.

These will be reviewed with successful applicants going on to pitch their solutions to the operator sponsors. ONE and SE will provide support to chosen organisations throughout the process, including one-to-one support to build the business case, develop the operator pitch, as well as ongoing support during project delivery.

The Opportunity

To decommission an offshore facility, licensees have an obligation to remove subsea debris.  This has typically been guided by site survey and engagement with sea users to define the debris clearance scope.  The seabed state is independently verified by fishing over-trawl trials before issuing a clearance statement.

For this project, debris is defined as “significant seabed deposits left by the activities of oil and gas production; individual debris items typically sized for recovery by ROV”.

Note that this project excludes removal of subsea production infrastructure (including mattresses and grout bags) and the removal of hazardous waste material.

More information can be found here: Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise Decommissioning Opportunity – Seabed Debris Clearance 080518

How to Apply

After reviewing the opportunity, companies are invited to complete the proposal submission form. This can be found on page 4: Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise Decommissioning Opportunity – Seabed Debris Clearance 080518

Completed applications should be submitted to decom@opportunitynortheast.com by 17:00 BST on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

A confirmation email will confirm submission receipt.

Any questions on the programme or application process should be addressed to decom@opportunitynortheast.com 

The UKCS decommissioning challenge is significant and will span across several decades.  It must be carried out safely and with care to protect the environment.  Estimates of scope, complexity and cost vary, but there are over 250 fixed installations, over 250 subsea production systems, over 3,000 pipelines and approximately 3,650 wells to be decommissioned.

In accordance with the principles of MER UK (Maximise Economic Recovery), there is a need to significantly reduce decommissioning costs through increased efficiency and, more importantly, industry transformation.

*Source: Oil & Gas Authority

Our ambition is that north east Scotland remains a major economic driver for Scotland and the UK