A growing number of oil and gas platforms and facilities around the world are aging and approaching the end of their productive lives. As a result, decommissioning is set to become increasingly prevalent over the next few decades.
Safe and responsible decommissioning is a priority for Shell. This includes restoring the surroundings of platforms and facilities in line with relevant legislation, while taking our own environmental standards into account.
Sharing expertise and technology
The way we carry out decommissioning projects differs from site to site and across regions. Our approach depends on factors such as the types of structure, their age and location, and technical challenges. In many cases we apply proven technologies, but opportunities may also exist to make use of new engineering techniques.
Decommissioning requires significant investment. It can involve employing many contractors or suppliers with the specialist skills needed to dismantle and dispose of platforms and facilities. We believe that collaborating with others, in the industry and with governments, can help to ease this burden by enabling the sharing of knowledge; and enabling access to equipment and services across regions.