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How does decommissioning work in Norway?

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It was said by Senior Geologist at Norwegian Petroleum Directorate Øystein Dretvik that “In countries such as the US, it is normal for offshore facilities to be re-used several times, but on the Norwegian shelf, they’re mostly tailor-made”, which means that there is generally little reuse of facilities.

In light of this, Norway has combatted the problem by creating four facilities that have a permit for receiving and processing disused shelf facilities. According to the Climate and Pollution agency, these facilities have sufficient capacity to process waste from the shelf toward 2020.


With so many oil fields reaching the end of their life, there are rising concerns that the supply chain has neither the capacity nor the workforce to handle the decommissioning of heavy and large offshore platforms in Norway, which means that the demand for experienced and skilled workers is higher than ever, but where are they going to come from?

It has been said that there is a need for new talent in the industry, which will come from encouraging people at an early age. By using the current expertise and combining schools with offshore services, role models will help to influence young adults and inspire them into offshore engineering. At the latest SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition, this topic was explored further in an interview with keynote speaker, Professor Brian Cox:

As decommissioning in Norway would involve working in the North Sea, there is an opportunity for long-established companies from other regions surrounding the North Sea to aid any decommissioning or well abandonment projects, such as Claxton, who will be able to take their specialist skills and expertise in safe and environmentally friendly removal of oil platforms to Norway.

If you would like to learn more about how Claxton could assist in decommissioning and well abandonment projects, download our case study pack here, or get in touch with us today.

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