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 identifies direct project opportunities with sponsor operators and enables the supply chain to propose solutions in response to the industry challenges.

The programme started in April 2018 with the launch of the Seabed Debris Clearance opportunity, which attracted a significant number of responses from supply chain SMEs for review by the sponsor operators, Shell and ConocoPhillips. ONE and Scottish Enterprise are currently working with SMEs who responded to the opportunity.

The programme will run until the end of 2020 and will address around 10 challenges in total, each sponsored by one or more operator companies with specific decommissioning issues to consider. Current and future opportunities are listed below.

  • Seabed Debris Clearance, sponsored by Shell and ConocoPhillips, launched Apr 2018
  • Pipeline Bundle Decommissioning, sponsored by Spirit Energy, launched July 2018
  • Cleaning and Flushing, sponsored by Shell, live opportunity – see below
  • Platform Cranes, anticipated Q1 2019
  • Platform Deck Space, anticipated Q2 2019
  • Drill Cutting Piles Sampling, anticipated Q3 2019
  • Underdeck Conductor Removal, anticipated Q4 2019
  • Obsolescence of Equipment (Circular Economy), anticipated Q1 2020

For further information, contact Keith Mackie, SME Development Manager – Oil, Gas & Energy, Opportunity North East (keith.mackie@opportunitynortheast.com)

Cleaning and Flushing Opportunity (applications close on 5 November 2018)

There is a requirement to clean and flush certain types of offshore oilfield infrastructure as part of the decommissioning process, as detailed in document below. ONE and SE, on behalf of operator sponsors including Shell, are seeking propositions from companies using existing technology to clean and flush to agreed standards of cleanliness before activities such as removal or entry by personnel.

Propositions will be received and reviewed in confidence against key criteria by an industry panel, with successful applicants going on to pitch their solutions to the operator sponsors. Support will be provided to selected applicants throughout the process, including one-to-one support to build the business case and to develop the operator pitch as well as targeted business support.

The programme seeks to give successful applicants a range of benefits including access to, and feedback from, end-user operators, improved understanding of operator needs, improved business cases and business development support.  Operator sponsors will gain access to targeted solutions focused on their operational challenges and may potentially pursue further dialogue with selected applicants.

What We Are Looking For

Propositions should aim to address the full scope of one of the following sub-elements. We appreciate that the scopes cover a wide variety of subsea and topside facilities, therefore propositions for significant elements of scope and/or sub elements will also be considered:

  • Subsea complex infrastructure – for example, to provide a fluid path loop to clean multiple umbilicals.
  • Access systems – to flush, drain and vent (e.g. slug catchers, closed systems, vessels), notably where there are access challenges.
  • FPSO offshore cleaning initiatives – to reduce the challenge of transporting within a vessel (especially cross border) or efficient cleaning/flushing at a UK port stop.

Some propositions may therefore require partners to provide a comprehensive solution.  This dialogue will be encouraged and, if required, facilitated by ONE to create potential strategic alliances.

Please see the full opportunity document for further details and how to apply.

ONE SE Decom Prog. Cleaning and Flushing Opportunity 120918

How to Apply

After reviewing the opportunity, companies are invited to complete the proposal submission form on page 4 of the opportunity document.

Completed applications should be submitted to decom@opportunitynortheast.com by 17:00 BST on 5 November 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