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    Decommissioning body elects new directors

    Organisations and Associations // September 27, 2010

    Decom North Sea, the offshore oil and gas decommissioning forum, held its first annual general meeting in Aberdeen recently and elected seven new directors from across all sectors of the industry.

    The meeting heard that the supply chain body now has 82 members and has revised its target number by the end of the year from 70 members to 100.

    Decom North Sea chairman Murdo MacIver, director of Peterson SBS, thanked directors and members for their time and support and urged other companies to join the body to ensure the UK supply chain benefits from the £25-30 billion worth of decommissioning work forecast for the North Sea over the coming decades.

    Brian Nixon, Decom North Sea's chief executive, said: "We are delighted that the members cover all sizes of companies and represent the breadth of the supply chain. At the moment, membership is a bit skewed in favour of Scotland - which is really to be expected because of where clusters of companies are located - but we have had encouraging interest from England and the Continent.

    "We have been overwhelmed by the reception we have had from industry and believe we are well on track to reach 200 members by the end of 2011 and that will make us genuinely representative of the supply chain."

    Mr Nixon also gave details of the supply chain matrix being created by Decom North Sea at present. The online facility allows operators and major contractors to access in-depth profiles of member companies providing specific decommissioning services, their skills, capabilities and track-records.

    "This will help suppliers to promote themselves to operators and major sub-contractors that might not be aware of them and might even help avoid the need for the pre-qualification stage," he said.

    New directors are BP decommissioning vice-president Gunther Newcombe, Halliburton director and country manager for project management services Tom Leeson, Marine Subsea managing director Alasdair Cowie, AMEC's head of decommissioning Roy Aspden, BIS Salamis (M&I) operations director Nigel Lees, Proserv Offshore vice-president group business development David Dent and Eddie Grant, managing director of Bluegrass Decommissioning Services.

    They join existing directors Mr MacIver, Alex West, of Wood Group, Bill Yuile, of PSN, Donald Michie, of Asco, Kare Kristing, of Design Alpha, Mark Stanley, of Veolia Environmental Services, and Simon Coles, of Babcock International Group.

    Decom North Sea is being funded initially by the UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise, and plans over the next 18 months years to build up sustainable revenues from events and membership fees.

    The body's first major decommissioning industry conference takes place from 5th to 7th October and will be hosted in partnership with Oil & Gas UK. The event will focus on four major themes of decommissioning activity, two of which will be led by Oil & Gas UK with the other two being led by Decom North Sea.

    A further programme of events, seminars and share fairs in collaboration with other energy development organisations and government agencies is being organised. The activity will cover the north-east, Highlands and Central Belt in Scotland and the north-east and south-east in England where most of the potential supply chain for the decommissioning market is based.

    To find out more about future events and how to join Decom North Sea, contact Sarah Hillyear on 01224 224131 or email


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