De-commissioning and re-use of offshore structures (C12)
Venue: University of Strathclyde
Staff: Professor C Kuo
Aims: To introduce students to the key topics and issues related to the decommissioning of offshore installations and to provide an opportunity for a high level of interaction between students.
Module Content: The module will cover the following topics:
- Introduction: Background, project lifecycle, technical solutions, environmental issues, international regulations/conventions, practical implications.
- Decommissioning Process: Key steps, planning, surveying, well abandonment and cleaning, comparison with production activities.
- Environmental Issues: Environmental concerns, methods of minimising environmental impact, development of policies, waste audit, treatment and disposal.
- Communication Issues: Basic approach and experience in communicating decommissioning issues to all concerned.
- Decommissioning Options: Options and methods available for topsides, steel jackets and concrete sub-structures.
- Cost, Economics and Timing: Key parameters, cost estimates, tax regimes, option costs, overall work load and synergies, option selected.
- Re-use and Disposal: Possibilities of re-use, ways of disposing typical installations.
- Safety Considerations: Basis of safety, preparation of safety cases, safety comparisons, impact on decommissioning.
- Decommissioning Technologies: Techniques of cutting, lifting and towing of installations.
- Legislation: Summary of relevant legislation/convention, political implications.