DECOM News – July 2017

Practice What You Preach!


We have been out and about all over the country connecting with our subscribers, networking with the decommissioning community and learning from some leading industry experts , who gave up their valuable time to share their knowledge and expertise about some of the complex decommissioning challenges experienced across the sectors.

On Wednesday 28th June 2017 – AECOM delivered a fantastic webinar titled “Nuclear and offshore decommissioning – a two way street?”
The webinar was delivered by Andrew Sneddon, Director of Marine Operations, AECOM.

July 17 Collaboration Event

The webinar focused on the processes involved when the life of an asset comes to an end, AECOM assist owners in bringing these complex projects to a successful shut down, through decommissioning, remediation and hazardous waste services, across all sectors.

Andrew presented a live webinar on the experience and knowledge that AECOM has gained from decommissioning projects in both the nuclear and offshore sectors, by highlighting the benefits and opportunities available to organisations, who are looking to expand and diversify their capabilities into new decommissioning supply chains.

Key Facts AECOMS Webinar:-

Decommissioning GROWTH predicted across all the sectors – The number of decommissioning projects is growing rapidly worldwide as facilities are suspended

o Hydo-electric damns 50-100 year life
o Offshore Oil & Gas 30-50 year life
o Nuclear Power Plant – 40-60 year life
o Defence/ Weapens systems 25-40 year life

DECOM Deadlines Loom!
o EU estimate a 1/3 of reactors will close by as early as 2025! There are 150 in total!
o All needs costing and funding – huge opportunities ahead!

Low Energy Prices create a ‘tillemma’ for Companies & Governments who will have reduced revenues to fund their activity:-
o Debt
o New production/infrastructure
o Decommissioing

Difficult DECOM Choices Lay Ahead
o Defer with consequences of dilapidation?
o Decommission differently!

Value of decommissioning to supply chain is eye watering!
o Oil & Gas Authority estimates costs for 2015 to 2050 at £47 million
o NDA predict £100 billion over the next few decades

Nuclear & Offshore Decommissioning Synergies
o Limited past DECOM experience from both sectors
o Design for DECOM not considered when constructed
o Regulatory challenges
o Lots of stakeholders
o No or incomplete plans / drawings / records
o Historical knowledge lost
o May need to repair or decommission before de-construction can begin
o Operators vs decommissioning experts?
o Sectors have more in common than previously thought
o Market forces are similar, as are technical, safety, commercial and regulatory processes
o Synergies between sectors are likely to create pressure for resources!!! Which creates opportunities for the supply chains and for diversification

On Tuesday 4th July we were at Haydock Park Racecourse running our 1/2 Day Collaboration Networking Event with Lunch & 1 to 1s

Our Haydock Collaboration event was a huge success. Its not always about going to massive events with 1000’s of exhibitors and delegates – while these events are very useful, sometimes its more appropriate and beneficial to meet with a small targeted group, on a specialist topic and get guaranteed pre-bookable 1 to 1 meetings – this is the aim of our smaller ½ day events.

We all met and had an hour of networking over a morning coffee and croissant, followed by an hour of presentations all around the theme of Collaboration in Decommissioning across the sectors. Speakers included Mike Pollard, Associate Director, Institute for Collaborative Working talking about ISO 44001 – The new International collaboration standard. We then heard from Ed Brown, Director, Hardy Avaar talking about Jigsaw – North East Oil & Gas Decommissioning Consortium. Our final presentation of the morning was a double act about Project Collaboration – Decommissioning Brent Bravo by Andy Brown, Director of Regional Operations, ECITB & Johan Van Spronsen, Senior Contracts Delivery Manager, Stork Industrial Services UK Ltd. We rounded of the speaker session nicely with some interesting Q & A debates and then headed into lunch and pre-bookable 1 to 1 Appointments which were made available for all delegates:-
AECOM : Sellafield : DNVGL : Achilles : ABB : Nuvia : Cape : NNL : Jigsaw were among a few of the organisations running these sessions which always sell out and prove invaluable for delegates and all involved.

Look out for our next event covering skills & training across the decommissioning sectors.

On Wednesday 5th July Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster
We took a hair raising drive over a very foggy Corney Fell to attend Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster Monthly Member Meeting. We have now re-joined the Cluster and we are so glad we did, there is so much going on along the energy coast of West Cumbria both from a commercial and community spirit point of view and we believe that we have something to give with our forthcoming skills event – watch this space! We got chance to catch up with some familiar faces from Aecom, Sellafield, In Cumbria, Gen II, Red Onion and many more. We also listened to some fantastic talks from West Cumbria Mining who detailed their new and very exciting plans for the Mining Industry of West Cumbria – they are holding a Supply Chain Engagement Event in the Haig Museum office Wednesday 12th July 10 am – 7 pm.

Other interesting presentations at the Cluster event came from Selalfield who talked about their internal Innovation cell Programme which encourage Selalfield employees to solve some of the problems and issues that arise in the Decommissioning of Sellafield Sites. We highly recommend joining the cluster to keep up to date with what is going on in the County and to make the most out of the business opportunities available – they are in abundance! To join the Cluster visit

That’s all from the DECOM Team for now!
p.s Don’t forget that all DECOM Hub Subscribers can access all event and webinar presentations and videos – to subscribe visit, get in touch for your subscriber login passwords.