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Benchmarking and Compliance in the UK Offshore Decommissioning Hazardous Waste Stream

Ford, JL, Loughney, S, Blanco-Davis, E, Shahrokhi, A, Calder, J, Ogilvie, D and MacEachern, E (2021) Benchmarking and Compliance in the UK Offshore Decommissioning Hazardous Waste Stream. In: Proceedings of the 31st European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2021) . pp. 2555-2561. (Proceedings of the 31st European Safety and Reliability Conference, 19 September 2021 - 23 September 2021, Angers, France).

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Abstract

The decommissioning sector of the United Kingdom offshore oil and gas industry is growing rapidly due to the number of ageing installations within United Kingdom waters. In line with current United Kingdom requirements, installations must be decontaminated from hazardous waste before any part can be reused or recycled. This hazardous waste must be handled, transported, and disposed of in a way that does not impact safety or the environment. This research project analyses the key issues associated with the handling of hazardous waste during the decommissioning of offshore installations with the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. A comprehensive literature review and analysis of decommissioning close-out reports was conducted to allow for the key issues to be identified. Expert judgements were sought and analysed using an analytical hierarchy process. This study emphases the need to improve the handling of hazardous materials during the decommissioning process. The clarity of legislative requirements, identification of hazardous materials and sharing of knowledge and experience are areas that require improvement to meet the increasingly stringent environmental and sustainability requirements.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: Research Publishing Services
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 10:37
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 10:39
DOI or Identification number: 10.3850/978-981-18-2016-8_613-cd
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15704

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