Habitat retention strategies for decommissioned offshore jacket structures

IOGP Report 650

Learn about decommissioning strategies for offshore oil and gas platforms

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There are approximately 7,500 oil and gas platforms located in over 53 countries. When offshore oil and gas production infrastructure comes to the end of its life, it becomes necessary for the owners, operators, and other stakeholders to decide on the best option for the future of the infrastructure.

This document is a practical guide intended to assist decommissioning decision makers on the design and implementation of a programme to retain the valuable habitat afforded by oil and gas infrastructure through reefing options. The guidance includes decision criteria, international and regional regulatory frameworks governing reefing options, utilized methods and metrics for habitat retention, and decision analysis tools that support the development of a reefing option for offshore oil and gas infrastructure.