Platforms, producers, and the public

Just what to do with offshore platforms once they reach the end of their productive lives is a decision that every operator must eventually face. This dilemma is coupled with the fact that, as the world's offshore basins continue to mature, larger and more complex production facilities are being installed in increasingly deeper waters. Add to this muddle the public pressures placed on operators to mind the planet while mining the planet, and what was once a dilemma becomes a full-blown quagmire.Fortunately, as advances are made in platform decommissioning and removal technologies-particularly for the removal of platforms in deep water-exploration and production companies' options ...

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