Offshore facilities have to be decommissioned at the end of their producing life in accordance with the Petroleum Act 1998 (as amended by the Energy Act 2008). Operators are required to submit detailed decommissioning programmes for offshore installations and pipelines for consideration on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
CNRI has been committed to full and transparent stakeholder engagement from the earliest days of the Murchison decommissioning pre-planning as part of a rigorous process to identify the most appropriate options for the Murchison field and platform.
Many meetings and discussions have been held with regulatory bodies and stakeholders to keep them abreast of developments and to explore potential issues and possibilities, as well as several stakeholder workshops. These, together with the outcome of the statutory and public consultation on the recommendations for decommissioning, are described in the Stakeholder Engagement Report.