Decommissioning Task Force

The task force has key relationships with other MER UK task forces.


 Industry lead supported by the OGA


Dominic Macklon (Conoco Phillips)
Jim Chirstie (OGA), support lead

Paul Goodfellow (Shell)
Win Thornton (BP)
Bill Dunnet (Repsol Sinopec)
Brian James (Perenco)
Craig Shanaghey (AMECFW)
Matt Betts (Halliburton)
James Crawford (WG)
Jon-Oliver Bryce (Awilco)
Walter Thain (Petrofac)
Mick Borwell (Oil & Gas UK)
Roger Esson (DNS)
Plus representatives from BEIS, SE, DIT NERC

Actions & Resolutions

Task Force Groups

Cost Certainty and Reduction

Delivery Capability model

Regulatory Guidance

Well P&A Optimisation Programme

Terms of reference


  • OGA chairs, defining task force principles and terms of reference, and providing the Secretariat to support task force and programs
  • OGA Chair & Industry Lead represent task force at Oil & Gas Day
  • Core board comprise of a diverse group of senior executives from operators and supply chain, with representation from trade bodies, government groups, academia and consultants as needed.


  • Leadership and support for the development and deployment of the Decommissioning Strategy, Plan and Process
  • Cost Reduction: Deliver a 35% reduction in decommissioning costs (>£17 billion)
  • Supply Chain development: Support growth of competitive decom market and supply chain, to maximise UK benefits incl. export potential
  • Policy & stakeholders management: Influence policies, legislation and related guidance, and increase stakeholder alignment

Enablers / connections

  • Facilitating asset transfer, area planning, campaigning, benchmarking
  • TLB, R&DI, Academia to develop technologies and solutions for decommissioning
  • Skills development
  • Link to other boards as appropriate: BEIS, HM, LLE work-stream
  • Alignment with SE, BEIS and DIT to publicise decom work / contracts
  • Alignment with government forum on decom linking key stakeholders

Related documents

Contact details

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