Total Decom – Decommissioning News Summary – March 2017

The TotalDECOM round up is early this month, as we are getting ready for holding the TotalDECOM event on the 27-29th March at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Read on for our round up of news stories relating to the decommissioning industry in March 2017:

•    TotalDECOM

The conference and exhibition are well underway, with the team working on the finishing touches. This year’s event looks set to be our largest yet, with over 300 attendees (Who’s involved). We have a great range of speakers from across the sectors (including a strong Japanese presence). We are also fortunate enough to have some wonderful sponsors, such as our headline sponsor – Texodrone and our platinum sponsor – Aecom.

There is still time to be a part of TotalDECOM 2017; so book your delegate tickets now, to make the most of the unique event.

•    The Spring Budget 2017

On the 10th March, Chancellor Phillip Hammond presented the Spring Budget 2017. Along with increases in NI for the self employed (well almost!), fuel duty frozen for another year and the news that the UK had the second-fastest growing economy in the G7 in 2016, it was also announced the there would be a review of taxation of North Sea oil producers.  The BBC reports that:

“Philip Hammond will investigate the use of tax incentives to make it easier for operators to sell oil and gas fields, helping to keep them productive for longer.”

•    NDA Appoints New CEO

At the start of the month, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) announced that David Peattie would take the lead as their new CEO. His predecessor, John Clarke, is stepping down after five years in the role. For more on this story, visit Energy Live News.

From Sellafield to the North Sea – Collaboration is Key?

With unpredictable timescales, costs and technical difficulties, complex projects require innovative commercial approaches. Day 1 of TotalDECOM 2017 exclusively features 4 successful Oil & Gas & Nuclear  joint ventures, which outline the benefits of collaboration

Integrated Decom – A UK 1st for the Oil & Gas Decommissioning Market

Integrated Decom has chosen TotalDECOM 2017 to showcase their collaboration for the first time. Integrated Decom comprises a specialist team of companies that have come together as part of their commitment to deliver an approved decommissioning programme under one collaborative offering – providing front-end engineering and environmental solutions with integrated support for oil and gas operators looking to retire redundant facilities without the burden of an in-house overhead.

Integrated Decom
Succesful Oil & Gas Collaboration combining the expertise of:-

Axis Well
BMT Cordah

Learn more about Integrated Decom who will be speaking on Day 1 of  TotalDECOM 2017

Nuclear Collaboration for Sellafield Ltd – Box Encapsulation Project  Delivery Team

The Box Encapsulation Plant Delivery Team (BEPDT) comprising of Jacobs, AMEC Foster Wheeler and Balfour Beatty, is multi-million pound collaboration contract at the Sellafield site, that clearly demonstrates the benefits to operators of collaboration.

Sellafield Ltd’s Graham Cheshire, contract officer for the BEP project said:
“The market recognised the challenges presented by this important and complex project and a number of strong organisations emerged to tender for the framework. Through early market engagement, which enabled the development of an innovative acquisition and contract strategy, Sellafield Ltd together with the supply chain were able to cut down the procurement schedule by around six months. This was a magnificent result for all involved and a testament to the excellent relationship and communication with key stakeholders throughout the process.”

Box Encapsulation Project Delivery Team Comprises of:-

AMEC Foster Wheeler
Balfour Beatty

Learn more about The Box Encapsulation Project Collaboration from Chris Cunningham, Project Director Jacob who will be speaking on Day 1 of TotalDECOM 2017

For more information or to book an exhibition stand call 01229 400226 or email


Total Decom – Decommissioning News Summary – February 2017

February has been a busy month for the TotalDECOM team, as preparations for our event on the 27-29th March at Old Trafford, Manchester are in full swing. Click here to see which organisations are already signed up to attend.

Read on for our round up of news stories relating to the decommissioning industry in February 2017:

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• Sellafield Sludge Encapsulated

This month saw the first encapsulation of sludge from the world’s oldest nuclear storage pond at Sellafield. The first barrel was sent to the onsite encapsulation facility and on the 14th February it was announced that it was ready for long term storage. For more information about the process and quotes from Eric Bowe, head of encapsulation plants at Sellafield, click here.

• Public Consultation Begins on Brent Oil and Gas Field Decommissioning Programme

Back on the 8th of February the 60 day public consultation for recommendations regarding decommissioning the Brent oil fields began. The consultation was commenced by Shell, the fields operator, and will consider the ramifications of the proposed Brent decommissioning conference. For more information on the process, click here.

• TotalDECOM Update

This month has seen the TotalDECOM team hitting the road and spending time with our sponsors including our headline sponsor Texodrone at various industry events. We networked at the Achilles FPAL event up in Aberdeen, The NOF’s members meeting in the northeast and even presented at the NOF’s decommissioning event.
We are heading into the final weeks before TotalDECOM 2017; book your delegate tickets now to make the most of the unique event.

Also, on the 2nd March, we have the pleasure of hosting a webinar by Diederik Nelisson, McKinsey & Co on the topic of ” Navigating decommissioning: storm or tailwind”. To secure your free place, visit the website.


TotalDECOM 2017 Networking Dinner Speaker – Charles Hendry

We are delighted to announce that our speaker for the TotalDECOM 2017 Networking Dinner is Rt Hon Charles Hendry.
The former Minister of State for Energy (2010-2012) has also been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001. He has previously acted as the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, holding the portfolio longer than any previous Minister. In 2012, the Prime Minister has appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Charles is President of the British Institute of Energy Economics; of the fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action and an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute. Also, since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (in both the Business School and the Academy of Government).
Mr Hendry’s presentation will draw on his experiences in relation to energy issues and is sure to be a highlight of the networking evening.  Tickets to the networking dinner are included within the Delegate Day package, which can be purchased here.  These tickets include full access to the both the Premier Day one schedule and the visitor’s day event on the 29th March.

Headline Sponsor – Press Release


Texo DSI Ltd is pleased to announce that they are headline sponsors of the TotalDECOM 2017 event which takes place on 27th – 29th March 2017, in Manchester.
TotalDECOM is the annual event for the decommissioning industries. Now in its fourth year, TotalDECOM has firmly established itself as the leading cross sectoral decommissioning exhibition and conference, both in the UK and internationally.
Each year, TotalDECOM brings together the latest technologies and thought leaders, from the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Defence and Waste Management industries.
Texo DSI Ltd own and operate the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, incorporating advanced multi-rotor and fixed wing RPAS (Remote Pilot Aircraft System); delivering ‘game changing’ aerial inspection and survey solutions.

Shelley Regan, Commercial Development Manager of Texo DSI Ltd said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our headline sponsorship of this prestigious event. Decommissioning is a key operational sector for our business and we are confident that no other commercial drone company can offer as comprehensive a survey and inspection service as Texo DSI Ltd for decom clients. TotalDECOM will be an excellent showcase for our trail-blazing technology.”

Shelley added: “We have developed the most advanced fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles deployed with state-of-the-art survey and inspection technology anywhere in the world.  Our market-leading fleet of UAV platforms and associated survey and inspection technology is ideally placed to service the demanding needs of the decommissioning sectors.”

The use of Remotely Operated Ariel Vehicles or UAV’s for survey and inspection has grown tremendously over the last number of years.

The technology is very much welcomed as an integral part of the survey and inspection landscape and plays a crucial role in the pre-project planning and initiation of decommissioning projects. Texo DSI Ltd’s UAV survey and inspection offering will represent a ‘game-changer’ for the global decommissioning sectors – giving clients unsurpassed levels of survey data and accuracy; all of which are crucial for successful project outcomes.

UAV technology represents a much safer survey and inspection method than deploying personnel on ropes; it is now one of the most efficient and accurate ways of surveying  assets, primarily in Texo DSI’s Survey-Grade LiDAR technology (with survey accuracy of 1mm-3mm).

For more information about Texo Drone Survey and Inspection Ltd please visit

Total Decom – Decommissioning News Summary – January 2017

Welcome to the first TotalDECOM news summary of 2017. The year had been kicked started with a number of drives calling for Innovation within the decommissioning sector. Such as the NDA & Innovate UK’s competition (as discussed last month) and the Innovus Game Changers scheme being fully funded by Sellafield.

Read on for our round up of news stories relating to the decommissioning industry in January 2017:

•    Tidal Lagoon Power Plant

While not strictly decommissioning news (but relevant to the larger energy sector) – Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant. There is some debate as to whether this initiative will prove to be more beneficial than the similarly priced Hinkley C Facility.  There is even debate on the renewable side, if waiting for cheaper renewable options become available would be better in the long term, due to the excessive costs of the forerunning project.

To visit the Tidal Lagoon power website click here.

•    Decommissioning plans for France’s Oldest Nuclear Reactor Delayed

The board of French utility EDF has approved a compensation package for the closure of France’s oldest nuclear reactor, the 39-year-old Fessenheim nuclear plant, but it delayed making a final decision on the closure until after the presidential election this spring. For the full article at Powermag click here.

•    Total Decom

The team are pleased to release the programme schedule for day one of the event. We have also been continuing to announce the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors that are coming to the event. For example, as Alistair Syme (Citigroup), Professor Alex Kemp (University of Aberdeen) and Takafumi Ihara (Tepco) will all be speaking on the Premier Delegate Day.

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Platinum Sponsor News

Our Platinum Sponsor Aecom together with their joint venture partner Energy Solutions has announced that they have been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to decontaminate and decommission the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, California.  Both of the partners have considerable experience in the sector and met the contract requirement of having a “sizeable” percentage of Subcontracted local businesses be owned by a minority, disabled veteran or woman.

The contract was awarded by Southern California Edison, which owns the majority stake in the plant. This project is one of America’s largest commercial nuclear plant decommissioning projects and looks to be completed over a ten year period creating over 500 jobs.

To find out more about this story, visit the Los Angeles Times article.