Decommissioning News Summary – September 2016

As September draws to a close, the wider engineering sector is a buzz with newly  commissioned projects such as Hinckley Point C nuclear power plan and the announcement that Dong Energy are set to create a operational hub for offshore wind in Grimsby.

Read on for a concise round up of news stories relating to the decommissioning industry:

•    Nuclear
In an interview with the Nuclear Energy Insider, Geoffrey Rothwell, Principal Economist at the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency has urged US nuclear operator’s to action decommissioning as a priority in order to reduce decontamination and dismantling (D&D) costs later.  He also raises concerns around the loss of skills and expertise if the processes are deferred to a later date.  Back in July, the Nuclear Energy Institute expressed that the existing regulations are not sufficient to lower risk during the cessation of operation and decommissioning, which adds further uncertainty to the future practices and costs of US based nuclear D&D.

•    Decom Market News – Decommissioning to increase in importance for the Gulf of Thailand
With the Energy’s Department of Mineral Fuels (DMF), stating that 18% of the operating production facilities in the region are over 20 years old and that the industry in the area is nearing it’s forth decade, it is not surprising that decommissioning is becoming a hot topic for them. In response the DMF have begun drafting guidelines for the decommissioning process, drawing from lesson’s learned in the North Sea. To find out more, head over to the Rig Zone piece.

•    TotalDECOM
This month sees the TotalDECOM team release more information about the new features and programme for the 2017 decommissioning conference, TotalDECOM. While the event remains focussed on delivering a unique cross sector experience, we have introduced new ways for those in the industry to get involved. Follow the link to find out about the changes to the format.

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