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.

The UK oil and gas industry is largely unfamiliar with large-scale decommissioning projects, but much can be learned and transferred from other industries. While 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 MER UK Decommissioning Task Force  has been established and reports to the MER UK Forum. 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.


Interview with OGA Operations Director Gunther Newcombe. Courtesy of Baker Hughes, a GE company.