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Decommissioning – formulating strategy to delivery

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aberdeen City Centre, Beach Blvd, Aberdeen AB24 5EF

This evening's CPD event will discuss project management in an oil and gas decommissioning environment, and the particular considerations that arise.

Spirit Energy has a portfolio of decommissioning projects which are in different stages of the project lifecycle. Girish Kabra and Will Black shall talk about the decommissioning strategy for Spirit Energy, its operational and behavioural challenges in late life operations, and decommissioning project execution. 

The decommissioning phase is normally the last phase of an offshore asset’s lifecycle, and usually spans cessation of production operations, removal of facilities, and their potential dismantling. In the North Sea, as in other areas, this has to be done without harming the natural environment, and of course, safely. Key challenges include the regulatory context, the schedule and also the cost environment. Because it is a cessation activity, little or no payback or cost recovery can be envisaged from this phase. 

The age of the assets concerned, along with the fact that during their design, very little consideration was given to decommissioning, means that other barriers have to be overcome. Given the current stage of the North Sea’s maturity as a producing basin, this subject is extremely topical. Although slow to start, decommissioning activity in the province has now accelerated, and it is therefore hoped that this event will be of interest to all who work in this field, as well as to a wider audience interested in the project management issues.

Girish Kabra has 20 years’ experience in Upstream Oil and Gas, and LNG businesses, working for variety of operating companies including Centrica, Shell (previously BG Group). He has worked in Australia, India, Malaysia, the Middle-East, the Netherlands and the UK, and has held various management positions on small to mega projects. Before his recent appointment as Decommissioning Director at Spirit Energy, he was heading the developments portfolio for Centrica Energy.

He has worked on the full project lifecycle from opportunity through to decommissioning, and has a special interest in programme management and technology development. Girish has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology Design as well as an MBA. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers UK, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and holds European and US patents for the technology design on a reverse flow catalytic reactor with Shell. He enjoys creative endeavours and innovative thinking that can shape the future of the industry. 

Will Black has 20 years’ experience working with a variety of industry-leading suppliers and operators, including Aker, Vetco Gray, Shell, JP Kenny and Centrica. He has particular experience on projects in the North Sea and has managed large programmes in Spirit Energy. These range from subsea tiebacks to topside brownfield modifications and, more recently, he managed the A Fields Decommissioning Project from conception through to FID. He has experience in the full project lifecycle from opportunity through to close out. Will has a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering and began his career as a Subsea controls engineer.

He has been developing a range of technical and project management skills throughout his career, and is currently focussed on finding his niche in the project profession where he can continue to use his engineering skills. Will enjoys creating high performing collaborative teams, and takes an agile approach to tackling some of the challenges of decommissioning. He also enjoys sharing his interest in managing projects with others, through active mentoring with a number of promising young engineers, as well as sharing his experience of a rewarding career in the project profession through presentations to local schools.


This event is suitable for professionals up to an intermediate level of experience. 

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