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Decommissioning of deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas pipelines: issues and challenges

Decommissioning of deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas pipelines: issues and challenges

Koroma, Sheik G., Animah, Isaac, Shafiee, Mahmood and Tee, Kong-Fah ORCID: 0000-0003-3202-873X (2019) Decommissioning of deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas pipelines: issues and challenges. International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 22 (4). pp. 470-487. ISSN 1753-3309 (Print), 1753-3317 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1504/IJOGCT.2019.103509)

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Abstract

Abstract: When production facilities reach the end of their economic life in the offshore oil and gas industry, field owners must decide whether to replace, extend the life of, or decommission assets. The decommissioning of deep and ultra-deep water oil and gas pipelines has become a serious issue in recent years because it is a complex process and presents challenges to stakeholders. In this paper, we review the current practices of pipeline decommissioning in different regions of the world and then highlight issues and challenges related to such activities in deep and ultra-deep waters. These issues and challenges can be broadly categorised into technical (e.g., selection of appropriate decommissioning procedures for handling hazardous pipelines), financial or economic, health and safety legislation, environmental, and human or organisational issues (such as lack of requisite skills, knowledge and expertise). In order to address the challenges identified in the study, some directions for future research are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: End-of-life (EOL); Decommissioning; Subsea pipeline; Life extension; Oil and gas; Deepwater installation
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENN)
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 11:52
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19746

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