The OGA is committed to achieving the maximum economic extension of field life and ensuring that decommissioning is executed in a safe, environmentally sound and cost effective manner. These achievements may also deliver significant value and competitive advantage to the UK in the global decommissioning market. 

We also work closely with industry partners to encourage them to minimise greenhouse gas emissions during decommissioning, actively seek ways in which infrastructure can be repurposed and reused and identify energy transition opportunities where they exist, such as carbon storage sites.

The innovation and transformation underway within the industry will determine our ultimate success, more immediate incremental improvements can also deliver significant results.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is the competent authority for decommissioning. The OGA works with BEIS to assess decommissioning programmes on the basis of cost, future alternative use and collaboration.

The OGA Decommissioning Strategy describes our role and expectations, providing clear direction to achieve three priorities:

  1. Cost certainty and cost reduction
  2. Supply chain capability and capacity
  3. Scope, guidance and stakeholder management

The North Sea Transition Decommissioning and Repurposing Task Force has been established and reports to the North Sea Transition Steering Group. This task force, and the leveraging of its membership and expertise, will be crucial for the delivery of the decommissioning strategy.

Transparency and collaborative working will be essential to deliver this strategy. We will continue to work closely with the industry and government to improve cost estimating and decision quality, making sure that interfaces are managed effectively.