Collaboration in UK oil and gas decommissioning market

Paul Boughton

BMT Cordah, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the international maritime design, environmental and engineering consultancy, and InterAct, a member of the Acteon Group of companies, the well engineering and well abandonment specialists, have announced a collaboration to provide UK oil and gas companies with an enhanced solution for current and future decommissioning projects within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Oil & Gas UK’s 2010 decommissioning report’ highlighted that 284 installations, subsea structures and interfield pipelines from 144 fields within the UKCS will be ready for decommissioning in the next decade, with approximately £9.2 billion being spent – a notable increase compared to today’s decommissioning activity.

Stuart Wordsworth, General Manager at InterAct comments: “This industry is still somewhat undeveloped and our customers continue to rely on specialist expertise to guide them through this complex and evolving challenge.  In order to obtain the necessary expertise needed within the many stages of a decommissioning project, clients’ often find themselves having to juggle several different suppliers, so it can become quite overwhelming.  Through our relationship with BMT we are trying to ease the pressure and provide more of a complete solution for our customers who can feel confident in the fact that they are partnering with the best to deliver on their project.”  

Over the past 17 years BMT Cordah has gained extensive experience in providing support to decommissioning programmes and ensuring compliance with the requirements of key legislations and guidelines. 

InterAct is a leader in well abandonment and decommissioning and has been involved in many platform and subsea well abandonment projects over the last ten years, both in the North Sea and internationally.  It can assist with every aspect of decommissioning be it onshore facilities, platforms, pipelines or single wells.

Dr David Sell, Technical Director and Head of Decommissioning at BMT Cordah explains: “With our strengths in offshore operations, impact assessment and consenting procedures, BMT is ideally placed to inform the project on environmental consenting and timings and to manage these activities. Couple this with InterAct’s well abandonment and decommissioning expertise, we are confident that this newfound relationship will provide customers with a robust strategy to move forward with, as well as the specialist engineering teams with which to deliver on a given project.”

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