Onshore-only platform disposition needs exceptions

Brent Spar moored at Vats, in Yrkjefjord, Norway, mid-August 1998, ready for decommissioning to start (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageIf onshore-only disposition were to become an international standard, some offshore producing areas would incur significantly higher disposition costs and lose opportunities to better utilize and protect their marine resources. To date, onshore disposition has been the fate of most retired platforms because that has been the cost-efficient course of action. As platform decommissioning moves further from shore toward deeper waters, onshore disposition is more frequently inferior, from both economic and environmental points of view, to other disposition...

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