Pipeline Decommissioning

Pipeline decommissioning conference

30-31 May, 2017
Hilton Hotel, Gateshead, UK


It is estimated* that in the North Sea:

  • 10,000 kms of pipeline will be decommissioned
  • 140 UKCS oilfields will cease production in by 2022
  • 475 installations will be decommissioned, along with 15 onshore terminals and 5000 wells
  • Decommissioning expenditure is expected to increase by over 50% by 2019
  • The average age of pipelines in the North Sea is over 40 years

With these significant figures in mind for the North Sea, which are echoed in other offshore oil- and gas-producing areas, Tiratsoo Technical is organizing the first conference on pipeline decommissioning for nearly 30 years to discuss the procedures and equipment required, the regulatory aspects, and the economics that affect decision-taking in this field.

The conference, supported by Clarion Technical Conferences, will be preceded by a new training course on the subject that will provide an in-depth opportunity to learn from a panel of experts and discuss the subject in greater detail.

The conference programme will be prepared under the supervision of a Steering Group:

  • Fred Williams – Independent Consultant, Netherlands (chairman)
  • Graham Freeth – Principal Engineering Manager / Group SME – Pipelines, BG Group, UK
  • Gary McGee – Pipelines Discipline Lead, Shell Exploration and Production (SUKEP), UK
  • Dale Millward – Director, Director of EPRS and Subsea Services, STATS Group, UK
  • Rutger Schouten – General Manager, IRM Systems, Netherlands
  • Dr Ali Sisan – Pipeline Lead UK & W Africa, DnV GL, UK
  • John Tiratsoo – Editor-in-chief, Pipelines International, UK and Australia

*Data summarized from www.woodmac.com, www.offshore-europe.co.uk, and www.decomnorthsea.com

Organized by

Tiratsoo Technical

Supported by

Clarion Technical Conferences  Pipelines International  PIPE  JPE