Scottish Affairs Committee considers the future of Scotland’s oil and gas assets – News from Parliament

The Scottish Affairs Committee hears from industry experts about decommissioning Scotland’s vast oil and gas infrastructure.

Decommissioning of assets

A crucial part of the life cycle of oil and gas assets is decommissioning; the point at which production of oil and gas ceases. Decommissioning generally refers to the removal of oil and gas assets, however there are also proposals to reuse infrastructure to create habitat for wildlife. Environmental groups have raised concerns about the impact of decommissioning on marine wildlife, but disagreement about the most environmentally friendly approach remains.

Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a consultation on making Scotland a ‘global hub’ for oil and gas decommissioning as part of the Autumn Budget, but industry have urged that action is needed quickly.

In this evidence session, the Scottish Affairs Committee will weigh up the arguments for potential decommissioning solutions with academics, NGOs and industry experts and regulators.

Witnesses

Tuesday 13 November, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Panel One

At 10:15am

  • Graeme Fergusson, Managing Director, Decom Energy
  • Professor Richard Neilson, School of Engineering, Aberdeen University, Member, National Decommissioning Centre
  • Jonathan Hughes, CEO, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Panel Two

At 11:15am

  • Hedvig Ljungerund, Director of Strategy, Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)
  • Tom Wheeler, Director of Regulation, OGA
  • Wendy Kennedy, Chief Executive OPRED (Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning)
  • Pauline Innes, Director of Decommissioning (Offshore Oil and Gas) OPRED  

Further information

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