Design for Decommissioning: Opportunities for marine science workshop

Oil rig with sunset in background

6 March 2018 (Tuesday)

 This event has now closed 

Designing offshore structures for decommissioning allows engineers to learn from the issues encountered with current decommissioning plans, therefore potentially improving future efficiency, reducing costs, improving safety and reducing the overall decommissioning footprint.

A Joint Industry Programme (JIP) called Design for Decommissioning (D4D) was set up in 2016 in collaboration with 13 organisations. The aim of the JIP was to create a database that would provide practical guidance to engineers when designing new facilities or modifying facilities that would ultimately make the decommissioning process easier. The initial database is available on the PetroWiki website - external link.

Building on this, there is the opportunity to take lessons learned from the environmental and marine science issues associated with decommissioning and determine how these issue may be overcome at the design stage.

Purpose of the workshop

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together academic researchers and industry to discuss the potential challenges and opportunities for integrating marine science at the design stage of offshore structures to enable better environmental management.

Opportunities exist to:

  • reduce the environmental impact/footprint of structures
  • reduce environmental monitoring costs
  • enable collection of top-quality environmental data (in particular, time series data)
  • enhance biodiversity
  • create remotely-operated research stations.


Further details about the workshop are in the draft agenda below.

Workshop draft agenda (PDF, 297KB)

The workshop report and presentations can be found below:

Designing for Decommissioning - workshop report (PDF, 1.1MB)

Designing for Decommissioning - workshop presentations (PDF, 17.1MB)


For further details, please contact:

Dr Kate Gormley
University of Aberdeen

01224 272693