An Overview of the Decommissioning Process


The process of removing industrial installations and any functional structures that have completed their productive life and the subsequent restoration of the industrial site to its previous status is known as decommissioning.

There are various companies like IQIP which professionally offer decommissioning projects.  You can learn more about decommissioning projects on this website. In the meantime, let’s look at an overview of the decommissioning process to prepare you for the rapid extension of this part of the industry.

The International Regulatory Framework of the Decommissioning Process

The decommissioning process of the oil and gas sector is legally controlled by various international, national and regional legal resources, which are under continuous forging and development process or are sometimes in contrast with each other.

Human Rights in the Decommissioning Process

The companies involved in the whole oil and gas industry face numerous risks due to the poor performance of decommissioning activities. These companies suffer losses and damage to their reputation, putting them at risk of not receiving future orders.

Due to such reasons, oil and gas companies have become active in addressing the care and protection of human rights in recent years. Legal sources are constantly mentioned on their web sources as aspiring sources. Additionally, when entering into contracts with their commercial counterparts, these companies introduce the legal sources as a clause.

In regards to educating more people on this important issue, international institutions also play an important role in creating awareness. These institutions have come up with guidelines aimed at spreading knowledge through guiding proper risk management activities.

Oil and gas operators have adopted countless principles and policies as the world has become so interdependent. These operators consider the methods they operate in and how their partners are also operating in regards to that context.

In the current world, the protection of fundamental rights from the violations perpetrated by multinationals is ensured by the traditional international law doctrine. With the rampant globalization, these policies also manage challenges that arise from the intermingling of various interests globally.

What Tomorrow Holds for Offshore Decommissioning

As we look further into the future, we realize that other than gas and oil, there are other offshore platforms that will require decommissioning. The future of offshore decommissioning is not limited to the oil and gas industry since the average lifespan of a wind turbine is at 20-25 years.

However, at one point the turbines will still need to be dismantled due to environmental effects like erosion and lighting. No matter how well the farms are maintained, they cannot last forever.

Additionally, decommissioning roles will continue to grow since more turbines are built frequently. All the current operational wind farms off the coast of different countries are estimated to be worth billions of revenue and create numerous job opportunities.

Technological Problems

Safely eliminating massive structures from deep seas and moving the pile to the shorelines for reuse can be a tough activity for operators since these structures weigh anywhere between 10,000 tonnes and 150,000 tonnes.