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Title: Facilities removal working group

This working group`s first objective is to identify major economic, technical, and regulatory constraints on operator practices and decisions relevant to offshore facilities removal. Then, the group will try to make recommendations as to regulatory and policy adjustments, additional research, or process improvements and/or technological advances, that may be needed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the removal process. The working group will focus primarily on issues dealing with Gulf of Mexico platform abandonments. In order to make the working group sessions as productive as possible, the Facilities Removal Working Group will focus on three topics that address a majority of the concerns and/or constraints relevant to facilities removal. The three areas are: (1) Explosive Severing and its Impact on Marine Life, (2) Pile and Conductor Severing, and (3) Deep Water Abandonments This paper will outline the current state of practice in the offshore industry, identifying current regulations and specific issues encountered when addressing each of the three main topics above. The intent of the paper is to highlight potential issues for panel discussion, not to provide a detailed review of all data relevant to the topic. Before each panel discussion, key speakers will review data and information tomore » facilitate development and discussion of the main issues of each topic. Please refer to the attached agenda for the workshop format, key speakers, presentation topics, and panel participants. The goal of the panel discussions is to identify key issues for each of the three topics above. The working group will also make recommendations on how to proceed on these key issues.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
478104
Report Number(s):
CONF-960496--
ON: DE97005988; TRN: 97:003020-0005
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International workshop on offshore lease abandonment and platform disposal: technology, regulation, and environmental effects, New Orleans, LA (United States), 15-17 Apr 1996; Other Information: PBD: Mar 1997; Related Information: Is Part Of Proceedings: An international workshop on offshore lease abandonment and platform disposal: Technology, regulation, and environmental effects; Pulsipher, A. [ed.] [Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Center for Energy Studies]; PB: 315 p.
Research Org:
Minerals Management Service, New Orleans, LA (United States). Gulf of Mexico OCS Region; Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA (United States). Center for Energy Studies
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; 02 PETROLEUM; OFFSHORE PLATFORMS; REMOVAL; ABANDONED WELLS; REGULATIONS; PUBLIC POLICY; PETROLEUM DEPOSITS; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; EXPLOSIVES; ECONOMIC IMPACT