Oil & Gas Update September 2017
The last quarter of the year is always a busy time for the Division with a new intake of students to support.
Thanks to George Waugh FIMMM in November The International Coiled Tubing Association will welcome students from Fife College to their European conference and trade show at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. In addition to attending this Industry leading event the students will receive a seminar on well servicing to support their studies and an introduction to the Institute.
In November students from the Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen University will be able to attend a seminar covering oil and gas drilling, well operations and the latest developments in subsea engineering. This seminar is designed to complement and enhance the student’s coursework with practical experience and the latest innovations delivered by practicing Engineers who are members of the Institute.
For the first time the Division will be running a one day seminar at the Institute’s London office on the 12th October.
Craig Durham FIMMM has brought together Industry leading figures to address the opportunities and obligations associated with decommissioning the infrastructure that has been built up in the North Sea over the last 50 years, this includes in excess of: 100 fixed installations, 7500km of subsea pipeline and 1800 wells.
To indicate the potential scale of decommissioning activity, using current techniques a well abandonment may take longer than it took to initially drill the well.
This summer we saw the innovation that the North Sea has been famous for in action with the heaviest marine lift ever undertaken at sea as the Pioneering Spirit lifted the 24,200 tonne platform from the Brent Delta in a single lift and transported the platform to Hartlepool for dismantling and recycling: www.shell.co.uk/sustainability/decommissioning/brent-field-decommissioning.
There is great potential for further innovations and a golden opportunity for the UK to become a global leader in decommissioning.