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Alex West

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DECC’s experience from reviewing a number of projects is that conventional planning for decommissioning such asstandard decision gate processes and project management tools are insufficient to manage decommissioning

Conventional planning for decommissioning has assumed that standard decision gate processes and project management tools can be used to manage decommissioning

These conventional tools have proven to be insufficiently flexible and responsive to the rapidly changing nature of decommissioning projects as uncertainties emerge during the project.

Without a flexible plan, expensive assets (drilling rigs, heavy lifting vessels, associated crews) can be costing money on standby waiting for decisions.

The lesson learned is that new management processes should be evolved: a wider, more direct and immediate system is required for decommissioning decision-making than production linked management to prevent extended project duration. This view has been confirmed by reports from several operators at decommissioning conferences where for example good practice has shown the benefits of multiple pre-prepared plans (Plan A, Plan B, Plan C) so that rapid changes in work plan can be implemented whilst solutions are developed to issues encountered in the initial plan

5 TO 3 YEARS BEFORE CoP

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Published

None

28-10-2016

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