• Work will commence in May 2024 in collaboration with devolved parliamentary research services, with publication expected in September.
  • We will be accepting stakeholder contributions until 31 July 2024.
  • More information on how to contribute to POST research is available in our guidance for contributors.

The UK is facing a significant challenge to decommission North Sea oil and gas facilities. The work overseen by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), is estimated to cost £44.5 billion over the next two decades, at a peak of £2.5 billion per year.  While it represents major infrastructural challenges, as work progresses, opportunities will present for technological innovations that will support the net zero energy transition and develop world class capabilities with export potential.

This POSTnote will assess the current state of decommissioning in the UK Continental Shelf. It will also consider the technological challenges and repurposing potential with other technologies for innovations that could lower costs or provide opportunities for economic and environmental improvements in the process.

Work will commence in May 2024 in collaboration with devolved parliamentary research services, with publication expected in September. We will be accepting stakeholder contributions until 31 July 2024.


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