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Event Aims to Address Regulations and Asbestos Issues in Decommissioning Projects

Posted by thinkPR on Friday, March 9, 2012

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Decom North Sea (DNS), the offshore oil & gas decommissioning forum, is to provide a step by step overview of the considerations involved when decommissioning offshore oil and gas facilities in the UK, including addressing asbestos issues.

DNS member company, Bureau Veritas, is sponsoring the DNS event in Aberdeen on 14 March 2012, where industry experts will discuss the oil and gas decommissioning process and outline the issues involved in planning a decommissioning project.

This will involve guidance about the whole process from the point at which a decommissioning obligation is served, through the steps required in obtaining the Secretary of State’s approval of a decommissioning solution and beyond, to the post decommissioning period of activity.

DNS Chief Executive Brian Nixon said: “Many operators are still planning decommissioning projects or are in the early stages of projects, so it is imperative that everyone is kept updated on regulations governing the whole decommissioning process. This event will also consider the prevalence of asbestos during decommissioning projects. It is a common problem and is one of the biggest and most costly issues to deal with on production facilities being decommissioned. Through careful planning and risk assessment during the preparation stages, the exposure of workers to hazardous materials, such as asbestos, can be minimised, and it will help to alleviate the high costs that asbestos can generate.”

Jon McGregor, Risk and Safety Services Manager, Bureau Veritas, said: “Bureau Veritas is delighted to be working with DNS to deliver this event. It is never too early to start developing decommissioning programmes or considering the management of asbestos and other hazardous materials.”

Presentations will be given by Mr McGregor and Mark Rhodes, Asbestos Manager, at Bureau Veritas.

The event is open to both members and non-members of DNS and will include a buffet lunch. There will also be plenty of time for networking with key players from within the decommissioning sector.

Operators and supply chain companies not currently members of DNS, but who are interested in this initiative, are invited to make contact via

Decom North Sea has grown since its inception in 2010, to have more than 180 members drawn from operators, major contractors, service specialists and technology developers. With annual decommissioning expenditure in the North Sea forecast to top £1billion within a few years, the organisation is working to tackle the main areas of weakness, which are inhibiting decommissioning supply-chain capability.


Issued by thinkPR on behalf of Decom North Sea. For further information or to arrange an interview with Brian Nixon, chief executive of Decom North Sea, please contact Fiona McWhirr or Eve Ferguson at thinkPR on +44 (0)1224 623960 or email

About Decom North Sea:

Decom North Sea was established in 2010 in response to the needs of industry. The body is working to enhance knowledge transfer and facilitate collaborative activities aimed at improving efficiency, reducing costs and ensuring maximum economic benefit from the £30billion decommissioning workload facing the North Sea over the next few decades.

For further information about Decom North Sea, visit

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