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    IMCA moves into decommissioning and renewable energy

    News // October 29, 2004
    Recent workshops run for the Europe & Africa Section of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) highlighted two new areas of opportunity for IMCA members - offshore decommissioning and marine renewable energy.

    "Decommissioning and renewables offer a potentially huge area of work for which IMCA members are especially suitable in terms of experience of actual projects; their safety record; and also their ability to use innovative techniques in hostile environments," said Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA.

    "Our recent member-only session in Aberdeen combined a meeting of our Europe & Africa Section and was attended by over sixty delegates with workshops on these two topics. In the morning we concentrated on current IMCA issues such as work on diver training, updates on developments in European Union legislation, work relating to contract and insurance issues and reports from our world-wide committees. The main focus, however, was the presentations on decommissioning and renewable energy. They provided fascinating material and lively interaction."

    Decommissioning topics covered regulations (Keith May, UK DTI), Maureen and Hutton TLP decommissioning experiences (Frank Bursill, Technip); a 2004 decommissioning perspective (Chris van Beek, Heerema Marine Contractors); and subsea decommissioning (IanMurray, Oceaneering International).

    Inshore diving on windfarms (Chris Sherman, UK HSE Chief Inspector of Diving); and cable laying for windfarms: experience from Horns Rev (Mike Prowse, Global Marine Systems) were topics covered under the 'renewables' heading. Alan MacLeay of Subsea 7 wasable to embrace both topics in his presentation on decommissioning and renewables: exploring the overlap with the possible conversion of the Beatrice field into a wind farm.

    "The discussions verified that IMCA members are focused on the issues, challenges and opportunities of decommissioning and marine renewables, with some members demonstrating the expertise already acquired in the former and their awareness of the latter,"said Williams. "It was also clear that members are interested in taking part in workgroups relating to both subjects, and a number of action items have been identified on which our workgroups can focus."

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