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    UKOOA responds to decommissioning guidance

    News // September 7, 2000
    The Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) in the UK says it welcomes the publication of guidance notes on the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas installations clarifies the procedures operators should follow when preparing decommissioning programmes for government approval.

    The Department of Trade & Industry Guidance Notes are expected to help to simplify and speed up the process as well as providing the framework that will ensure that the requirements of the OSPAR Convention (Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic) are met.

    Around 20 offshore installations have been decommissioned in the UK since 1988, including 10 fixed steel, five floating, and two subsea installations.

    UKOOA says it is pleased to see that the guidance notes provide the flexibility necessary to deal with the larger platforms, allowing room for innovation and fresh ideas, which, it says, is particularly important if the industry is to develop the new technologies required to bring the heavier structures to shore.

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