Unique Supply Company opportunity to help reduce offshore decommissioning costs across both UK and Dutch SNS

The first ever truly collaborative UK/Netherlands Oil and Gas event is being held in Norwich on Tuesday 9th October and then repeated in Amsterdam on 24th October. The aim being to explore how, by combining the capabilities of our supply chain, we can reduce the costs of decommissioning the wider Southern North Sea (SNS) basin.

The EEEGR Decommissioning Special interest group is staging this significant event which will feature presentations from leading UK and Dutch operators, including Shell/NAM, Oranje-Nassau, Spirit Energy, Neptune and Perenco.

The event, which has been developed collaboratively by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) and Nexstep in the Netherlands, is being held at Norwich City Football Club and attendance can be booked through the following link – https://www.eeegr.com/events/uk-netherlands-oil-gas-hackathon/

Decommissioning will cost the UK in the region of £60-70bn, according to OGA figures, with significant costs also forecast for the Netherlands representing an enormous opportunity for the supply chain in both countries.

Know-how, innovative solutions and technologies will be vital in reducing costs and this interactive operator engagement will provide an opportunity for service companies to make new contacts and share their ideas as well as enabling solutions in response to published challenges..

Simon Gray, chief executive of EEEGR, said: “The oil and gas industry has to work together if the costs around decommissioning are to be kept to a minimum and the opportunities it presents to the supply chain are to be fully realised.

“These events will give people from the industry in the UK and the Netherlands the chance to explore the challenges of decommissioning in the shallower waters of the SNS basin in interactive sessions and connect with potential new clients.”

Bill Cattanach, Head of Supply Chain, OGA said: “Momentum has been building for this first ever cross-border interactive engagement event with our Dutch neighbours. This unique occasion will create the environment for SNS operators and service sector to come together in a collaborative environment where growing opportunities for the supply chain are expected to be unveiled.

“It’s great to see UK and Netherlands combining forces to address major technological and cost-saving challenges and we are optimistic this powerful approach will reap success.”

Jacqueline Vaessen, General Manager, Nexstep said: “We see this event as an interesting first step to encourage collaboration between operators and the supply chain by brainstorming on actual decommissioning challenges operators face in Southern North Sea. This is important because only with collaboration we will be able to reduce the decommissioning costs.”

For the full agenda, operator challenges and details about how to book, visit https://www.eeegr.com/events/uk-netherlands-oil-gas-hackathon/

 

DECOM Hub Subscriber ACN Offshore rebrands to N-ERGISE

UK based engineering company ACN Offshore Ltd has undergone a total brand review and now unveils its new name, logo and website to support its evolution as a multi-sector engineering solutions provider.
Having recently moved from the former Shell Offshore Base in Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth the business has seen a significant transformation and growth, the new identity is seen to reflect the company’s forward vision for the future.
Remaining an independently and privately-owned company ACN Offshore Ltd will change name to N-ERGISE Ltd. The company’s legal entity and registration will remain as company registration no.09452821 (UK registered).
The new brand identity reflects N-ERGISE’s commitment to provide the very highest level of service across multiple sectors. Early on the company set out an objective to work across the Energy sectors, last year this was successfully achieved by simultaneously having major projects in the Oil & Gas, Marine, Nuclear and Renewables sectors. The new name reflects the success the company has had from its diversification across all the Energy sectors.
The website (www.n-ergise.one) has also been rebranded accordingly. As part of the company’s marketing investment plan the website will see a full redesign and relaunch later in the year.
Whilst the company rebrands to N-ERGISE it continues to play a vital role in Hook-Up & Commissioning activities on a major UK Offshore Wind Farm, the objective for all stakeholders is to safely ‘Energise’.
The company will continue to N-ERGISE…
Commenting on N-ERGISE’s rebrand, Business Development Manager, David Windscheffel said;
“It is important that N-ERGISE retains its established values but at the same time develops a new and modern identity. The rebranding exercise will ensure that we get the right message out there. We feel it’s important to let people know we are not just an ‘offshore’ company, we equally offer and provide as many services onshore. The landscape for the Energy sector is rapidly changing and we recognise the need for change.”

Arc Energy showcase Nuclear Innovation at Total Decom Event

 

Arc Energy will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Nuclear Total Decom Supply Chain Event to be held at Thornton Science Park, Ince, Cheshire on Thursday 5th July. They will be showcasing recent innovative Nuclear R&D projects including our “Game Changer” Nuclear Waste Container, as well as new bi-cathode welding technology and Plasma Transfer Arc Hard facing automated process.

Arc Energy is also heavily committed to working within The Nuclear New Build sector as part of The South West Nuclear Fabrication Group (SWNFG) in support of the Hinkley Point C projects and wider Decom requirements, The group are also pleased to announce the launch of the consortiums website www.nuclearfabricator.com and its generic sales enquiry e-mail Sales@nuclearfabricator.com.

They look forward to discussing project requirements with delegates  on their  stand, to attend see the link below.

Supply Chain Networking Event Cheshire

 

DECOM Hub Webinar – Little-known particles called muons are helping to map the insides of pyramids, and to spot missing nuclear waste 

The Nature Physics Journal describes how Muography is making its mark

Webinar Click to Listen 

‘Did you know that millions of cosmic muons pass through your body every single day?’  Dr David Mahon, Lynkeos Technology Ltd   

 

 

 

Don’t worry if you missed this morning’s eye opening webinar from Dr David Mahon – ‘Lynkeos ‘From academic research to nuclear industry deployment: The Lynkeos Story‘. Sponsored by Nuclear Engineering International

Put simply …..Muon technology can see what other technology cannot. It started out as an idea in a university office, some 10 years ago and soon it will be used to solve some of the worlds most hazardous nuclear decommissioning challenges – with huge scope in other sectors.  It is incredibly safe and cost effective, saving vast amounts of tax payer money over the coming years and decades.

Lynkeos Technology is now set for commercial deployment at Sellafield and is the only technology of its kind in the world. This amazing journey shows what is possible when you combine innovative thinking, R & D support, along with grit and determination.

TotalDECOM & Lynkeos first met at TotalDECOM 2014, where Lynkeos presented their Muon Technology & its potential uses in “viewing” the insides of nuclear barrels. “ It was a research project with support from Sellafield and National Nuclear Laboratory, within Glasgow University and has since gained support from NDA and Innovate UK, among others”

Take a listen in your own time at this very inspiring webinar which is all about Muon Technology, what it is, its applications in decommissioning & the journey from a new idea though to full commercialisation – the lessons learnt.

For SME’s or individuals like Lynkeos with great ideas, we have a Supply Chain Networking Event coming up at Thornton Science Park, Ince, Cheshire Thursday 5th July.

There will be a selection of presentations, 1 to 1 appointments and a small exhibition, with organisations like WYG, Centre of Nuclear Excellence, Sellafield, Urenco, Wood. Orano, Cammell Laird, NIASS and University of Cheshire / Thornton Science Park – who will be talking about a funding programme currently available to help SMEs commercialise innovative ideas, much like the Lynkeos story we heard through today’s TotalDECOM Hub webinar. Click to register for this event or speak to April on 01229 400212.

 

TotalDECOM 2018 in the Press – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority chief executive speaks at conference

The chief executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has addressed hundreds of people at an industry conference.

David Peattie was one of the keynote speakers at the three-day TotalDecom2018 event, where he spoke about decommissioning progress, innovation and cross-sector working.

The flagship annual event, in Manchester, welcomed top representatives from the nuclear, oil and gas, defence, renewable energy and waste sectors.

Mr Peattie talked about the task of managing the energy legacy safely and responsibly, as well as identifying the opportunities and overcoming the challenges of decommissioning.

Highlighting the collaboration between the nuclear and oil and gas sectors, he said: “Technologies developed for use on the NDA’s sites, such as snake-arm robotics, are now being used to solve challenges in the oil and gas sector.

“In return, remotely operated vehicles first used in oil and gas are now being used to clean up hazardous nuclear facilities, such as the legacy ponds at  Sellafield.

TotalDECOM Hub & Annual Flagship Event – How it all began…

Since our first flagship event over 5 years ago back in March 2014, we have seen some dramatic changes, developments and innovations across the UK decommissioning market. Established sectors such as Nuclear & Oil & Gas continue to require support and innovation from the supply chain in order to deliver complex decommissioning projects. In addition we are seeing some new trends and emerging markets.  As the renewables sector prepares to decommission the first wind turbines  -entering the end of their 25 year life. Defence, shipping and mining sector activity is also increasing as these sectors look for cost effective ways to deal with waste materials safely and with minimal impact to the environment.  In addition, the global decommissioning challenges are enormous. UK companies are well placed to embrace this opportunity, with a highly exportable skill set and a reputation as global leaders in the field of decommissioning. The TotalDECOM mission is to facilitate and support the decommissioning industries in sharing knowledge and best practice, collaborating, driving down costs and diversifying into new markets of opportunity.

TotalDECOM Hub & Annual Flagship Event

How it all started, the TotalDECOM mission:

TotalDECOM was founded by George Colquhoun, who has a wealth of knowledge in Engineering, spending most of his life working in the Defence, Offshore and Nuclear sectors. He recognised from his own personal experiences in some large organisations and latterly running his own business, the similarities faced by the sectors in solving their decommissioning challenges. TotalDECOM was developed to address this need and bring together experts from the oil and gas sector with those from the nuclear and offshore sectors; to collaborate and share vital knowledge and experiences with one another, at a time when the decommissioning industries were preparing for a major wave of activity, worth £Billions over the coming years and decades.

What is the TotalDECOM Hub & Annual Flagship Event?

TotalDECOM Annual Event began in April 2014, as a unique conference and exhibition that brings together all sectors involved  in decommissioning, from operators, site licensing companies and their supply chains to industry bodies, research and development organisations, regulators, academia  and stakeholders – offering a unique platform to encourage the cross fertilization of knowledge and expertise across the sectors. TotalDECOM is the world’s only event that brings together the entire decommissioning marketplace under one roof, to learn, connect and do business.

Following on from the continued success of TotalDECOM annual conference and exhibition, the TotalDECOM hub was born.  The TotalDECOM Hub was piloted with great success in 2017/2018 to complement the annual flagship event held every year in spring. A number of events, webinars and networking  services were developed alongside a supply chain directory – all aimed at helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to embrace the opportunities emerging in the decommissioning marketplace.

 Why we created the DECOM Hub?

The parallels in the expertise required to decommission an asset safely, cost effectively and with minimal impact to the environment are remarkably similar, be it a nuclear plant or oil and gas platform. The decommissioning markets both here in the UK and internationally are worth £Billions over the coming years and decades. We want to help our subscribers take their skills and innovations into new and exciting areas and help facilitate the export of expertise overseas, creating wealth and economic growth. The DECOM Hub is helping to shape the way operators and the supply chain do business.

How has TotalDECOM evolved over the last 5 years:  

TotalDECOM has grown from a relatively small niche event of around 100 attendees. Our first event in 2014 predominantly attracted a Nuclear and Oil & Gas audience, with backing from the NDA, Sellafield, Shell and Decom North Sea.  Every year since TotalDECOM have grown, evolved and developed with the needs of the industry and now attracts over 335 attendees from all sectors not just Nuclear and Oil & Gas. International delegations from Japan, Canada, France, Norway, Russia and France have attended our events. In 2018 the NDA & OGA used TotalDECOM as their chosen platform to announce their formal agreement to form an alliance that encourages and facilitates collaboration and diversification from one sector to the other, in order to effectively meet the UK’s decommissioning challenges

What have we delivered for our Decom Hub subscriber’s to date?

In the last year the TotalDECOM hub has developed and delivered a programme of monthly webinars covering topical decommissioning subject matter;  including Nuclear, Offshore Oil & Gas, Ship Recycling, Mine Closure, Offshore Wind Dismantling, Challenges of Nuclear Sludge, Onshore Demolition, Submarine Dismantling and Offshore Waste Management – we have an exciting webinar programme planned for the coming months.

In addition to our annual flagship event TotalDECOM. a series of networking events and 1 to 1 meeting opportunities have been successfully delivered across the UK, focusing on areas vital to the future success  of decommissioning across the sectors,  including Collaboration, Skills and Supply Chain Opportunities. These events have attracted attendance from high profile organisations, as well as many SME’s who have extraordinary specialist skills to offer.

Our Vision

To lead and guide the global decommissioning marketplace – bridging the gap across the sectors, between government and industry, facilitating economic growth and placing UK PLC’s firmly on the map, as global leaders in the field of decommissioning.

Nuclear Decommissioning Market – the UK alone now has more than £250Billion of decommissioning to undertake, the NDA recognise that collaboration across industry and government is essential to get costs down and maximise economic recovery.

Source: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority TotalDECOM April 2018

Oil & Gas Decommissioning Market – The Oil & Gas decom marketplace is still in its early stages. 200 oilfields will undergo decommissioning over the next 10 years which will require a programmatic approach and involve specialist skills in similar areas to those used in nuclear. The UK Oil & Gas decommissioning market is projected to be worth £60Billion in the North Sea alone.

Source: Oil & Gas Authority TotalDECOM April 2018

 Defence/Submarine Dismantling Market – The UK Submarine Dismantling programme is now moving into the delivery stage and will involve safe, environmentally responsible, secure and cost effective solutions for dismantling 27 of the UK’s defueled, nuclear-powered submarines.  The MOD is keen to engage with all supply chains, to encourage the development of more innovative solutions to meet the challenges of decommissioning these subs.

Source: MOD/Babcock TotalDECOM Supply Chain Event February 2018

Decommissioning Opportunities for Subscribers

The decommissioning markets both here in the UK and internationally are worth £Billions over the coming years and decades. At the TotalDECOM Hub, we want to help our subscribers take their skills and innovations into new and exciting areas and help facilitate the export of expertise overseas, creating wealth and economic growth for the UK. The DECOM Hub is helping to shape the way operators and the supply chain do business.

Subscribe today to hear about all the latest decommissioning opportunities, get FREE access to all archived presentations, FREE webinar access and discounts on all our events, from as little as £250 per annum.

Take a look at our subscriber packages to suit organisations of all shapes and sizes. Subscribe today

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Next Decom Hub Webinar

20th June 2018, Lynkeos ‘From academic research to nuclear industry deployment: The Lynkeos Story’

Subscribers Get FREE Access to Archived Presentations From ALL Webinars & Events. Some Previous Webinars Include:-

  • ROV’s in Legacy Ponds – Sellafield
  • Submarine Dismantling – MOD and Babcock International
  • Navigating Decom: Storm or Tailwind – McKinsey & Co
  • Decom of Offshore Wind Installations – DNV-GL
  • Mining Sector – Asset Lifecycle, Closure and Decom – DIT
  • Ship Recycling – DNV-GL
  • Establishing a Performance Agenda – Boston Consulting Group

 

Next Supply Chain Event Sponsored by WYG

5 July 2018, Thornton Science Park, Ince, Cheshire

1 to 1 Meetings : Exhibition : Networking Lunch : Site Tours : Meet Sellafield

Speakers from Urenco, Sellafield, WYG, Thornton Science Park & University of Chester

Delegate Ticket Prices

£125* Non Subscribers

£100* Hub Subscribers

 

Exhibition Prices

Exhibit for £350* Non Subscriber

Exhibit for £295* Subscribers

* prices Ex VAT

 

 

Decommissioning – is this the Energy Industries Most Challenging Opportunity Yet?’

David Peattie, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and keynote speaker at TotalDECOM 2018 – described to an international cross sector audience, the magnitude of the decommissioning journey ahead, he said; ‘it is arguably one of the most difficult and technical challenges in the world’.

Willem Van Es, Wood Plc, summed up the need for UK organisations to diversify on multiple levels in order to embrace the huge opportunity the international decommissioning legacy presents to UK businesses. Highlighting that ‘the world in front of us is nothing like the world behind us’.

This theme ran through the veins of TotalDECOM 2018 – the only event in the UK and internationally, that recognises the importance of industry cross over in the challenges and opportunities decommissioning poses across the globe.

The need for change and collaborative models, not only in cross sector working but in many other important aspects, including skills, gender diversity and human factors. All of these areas must be considered if we are to truly embrace the positive change required to decommission cost effectively, safely and with minimum impact to the environment, whilst providing optimal socio-economic benefit to the UK.

One thing that became increasingly clear as the conference progressed, is that this process of change towards a more collaborative cross sector approach is being realised right from the top – at government and policy making level.

Karl Sanderson, Assurance Manager, Nuclear Decommissioning Association, told event attendees in an exclusive address;

‘The UK now has more than £250 billion of decommissioning to undertake, collaboration across industry and government is essential to get costs down and maximise economic recovery’.

L-R Prof Paul Howarth – CEO of National Nuclear Laboratory, Alistair Dickinson – Chief Programme Director, Global Defence and International Programmes at AECOM, David Peattie – Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority & Nils Cohrs – Head of Decommissioning of the Oil & Gas Authority.

David Peattie, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning for the Oil & Gas Authority, shared the stage for the first time, using TotalDECOM 2018 as their chosen platform to announce the formal agreement of both parties to participate in a close working relationship. This arrangement will facilitate the vital sharing of knowledge and expertise from their sector specific experiences of decommissioning.

Initiatives are being developed in other areas such as training, academia and research & development, to ensure organisations and their workforce are offered the help they need to transfer their skills from one sector to the other.

This transferability and versatility within the industry will facilitate cost reduction, increased productivity, greater efficiency and a highly exportable skill set, that can be taken forward into the international marketplace, where the UK are already seen as leaders in the field of decommissioning.

The Bigger Picture for Decommissioning

The decom marketplace is still in its early stages. 200 oilfields will undergo decommissioning over the next 10 years which will require a programatic approach and involve specialist skills in similar areas to those used in nuclear.

The UK oil and gas decommissioning market is worth £60 billion and £180 billion will be spent on nuclear decommissioning over the coming years.

David Peattie, Chief Executive, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said:

‘Technologies supported by the NDA, such as snake-arm robotics, are now being used to solve challenges in the oil and gas sector. While remotely operated vehicles from oil and gas are now being used to clean up hazardous nuclear facilities such as the legacy ponds at Sellafield.

The NDA is in the process of joining the trade body Oil and Gas UK and has contributed to a number of sessions to share learning from our work, and to establish best practice between oil and gas and nuclear in meeting our statutory and regulatory obligations.’

The sectors involved in decommissioning are going through what can be likened to a renaissance period, which is revitalising the area with new technology and innovation, enabling the industry to move forward with clarity and confidence.

Nils Cohrs, Head of Decommissioning for the Oil & Gas Authority reported that less than 10 percent of the total decommissioning requirement of the North Sea has been completed. He shared with the audience his thoughts on the solution – ‘we have got to look to other industries to transform cost challenges and drive down costs by at least 35 percent’.

The Oil and Gas sector is already seeing the benefits within its sector of incorporating standardisation and collaboration, which is having a significant impact on cost reduction. It is recognised by the nuclear sector that this approach needs to be adopted.

TotalDECOM being the only event of its kind globally attracted organisations from overseas, including an international delegation from Japan. Satoru Toyomoto, Director of International Issues for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry presented on the current status of decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) was also represented by their UK Head of Nuclear. The Japanese delegation engaged readily with UK supply chain organisations that attended the event.

On liaising with the Japanese Delegation, Dick Bonner, UK Sales Manager of ZEP UK (who exhibited in the main hall) said;

‘We had a couple of great days, meeting with the Japanese visitors went really well, if we weren’t involved with TotalDECOM we would never get opportunities like that.’

 

Learning to Play with Different Tools 

A similar picture of cross sector collaboration emerged from the Skills and Human Factors conference stream on day two. The eminent international government advisor, Professor John Fyfe opened the well engaged session in which Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, Nuclear Skills Strategy Group and Alix Thom, Workforce Engagement & Skills Manager, Oil & Gas UK, discussed their plans to work much more closely on nuclear to oil and gas and oil and gas to nuclear skills.

Alix Thom, Oil & Gas UK said – ‘a mechanical engineer in nuclear, is a mechanical engineer in oil and gas, just playing with different pots & pans’.

Fiona Rayment talked about the work already in progress with employers, government departments, trade unions, authorities and industry associations, to address the skills shortages we are faced with in the era of an ageing workforce. Shared resources, collaboration and changes in approach is going to be instrumental in addressing this, which is both a challenge but also an enormous opportunity for employment and prosperity for the UK’s workforce – particularly in STEM, where a lot of work is being done to encourage uptake of apprenticeships and academia, where this area of expertise is in demand.

In the UK nuclear workforce alone the number has grown from 60,000 five years ago, to 88,000 today and is expected to grow to 101,000 by 2021.

The ECITB is also working with other sectors on a delivery programme for academic and vocational programmes and initiatives to enable sector transfer and the knowledge required to help the workforce jump sectors.

TotalDECOM demonstrated very clearly that change is beginning to filter from the top down and the message that came loud and clear, is that authorities and regulators, organisations large and small, students and employees – will all be getting the help they need to maximise the enormous opportunity the decommissioning market brings, as one of the UKs few predicted growth sectors, worth £billions over the coming years and decades.