359 oil platforms to be removed worldwide in 2013

359 oil platforms to be removed worldwide in 2013

A total of 359 idle iron and non-producing oil platforms are set to be decommissioned offshore worldwide, DecomWorld head of sector Dean Murphy said this week.

Offshore decommissioning and abandonment is the removal of oil and gas structures from the sea. It is highly technical and very challenging, London-based Murphy told Moon of the South.

Murphy called on the industry players to attend the 5th Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit (http://bit.ly/Decom-Summit) coming up on 19-21 March 2013 in Houston, Texas, in the US.

Close to 800 senior decommissioning decision makers from the Gulf of Mexico and internationally are expect to attend, making the event the largest meeting globally for decommissioning professionals.

“The meeting is the largest decommissioning meeting worldwide and the leading meeting point for companies looking to win major business contracts in the space,” he said.

The three-day summit also presents an opportunity to network and share information with delegates from leading organisations such as BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Apache, Marathon Oil, Anadarko, Stone Energy, Taylor Energy, Enbridge Energy, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Schlumberger and many more.

There will also be support from key industry bodies, including the Society of Underwater Technology, Decommissioning Operators Group, International Oil & Gas Producers Association, Association of Diving Contractors International and the American Salvage Association.

“With such a large selection of service and technology providers, the need to differentiate yourself from your competition and understand the needs of industry is integral to work more effectively with your current customer base and to secure new business,” Murphy said.

“With approximately 2 996 production platforms, distinguished from drilling rigs, on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), records indicate that 813 platforms currently fit the criteria of idle iron or are non-producing in this region,” he said.

“Aligning your business with the largest offshore decommissioning meeting globally will give you the information and networking opportunities you need to achieve your business objectives in 2013 – all within three days of intensive action under one roof.

“With such a huge number of platforms for the industry to decommission, it is more important than ever to share best practice approaches, new technological breakthroughs and project case studies to ensure that all projects are completed on time and on budget.”

Download the brochure for this year’s summit to see the ways your company can benefit from attending: http://bit.ly/Decom-Summit

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