The decommissioning of redundant offshore installations is regulated in the UK by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This activity is relatively new for the industry but is expected to increase over the next few years
BP has already successfully completed the removal of North West Hutton, the first of the large fixed steel jacket installations to be decommissioned in the North Sea.
2008 saw the topsides of the North West Hutton platform safely brought onshore for further dismantling, followed by the steel jacket in 2009.
This decommissioning resulted in 20,000 tonnes of recycled steel, in line with our aim to have 97% of decommissioned materials recycled and/or reused.