Reduce environmental impact and cut costs of your end-of-asset lifecycle with digital decommissioning
Decommissioning is a notoriously challenging phase in an asset’s lifecycle. Data integrity management with MODS Connect decommissioning solution makes works traceable and workers accountable, mitigating mistakes and decreasing your project’s footprint.
Decommissioning oil and gas infrastructure as well as other industrial facilities is often more complicated than the original installation and is subject to a wide array of governance and scrutiny.
Our bespoke industrial digital-decommissioning solutions remove paper, ensuring project status and other essential information are accessible, transparent and traceable, guaranteeing accountability as well as reducing project expenditure and footprint.
Decommissioning risks and challenges
Decommissioning risks and challenges, which impact project cost and compliance, include:
- Ineffective handovers from operations to decommissioning, loss of archival information and data gaps.
- Ensuring suitable equipment, materials and people are in situ when and where needed, and to the correct specifications.
- Balancing competing workflow priorities.
- Navigating reams of paper and massive hard-copy dossiers for information.
- Communicating and clarifying contractor responsibilities and transferring site-specific knowledge to the contractor.
- Ensuring contractors follow the work plan and are accountable.
- Avoiding conflicting or potentially dangerous simultaneous operations.
- Management and tracking of critical equipment reuse such as visibility of cleaning and flushing status
- Delays caused by obtaining approvals and signoffs.
Digitize your decommissioning processes
The use of easy-to-use digital tools such as MODS Connect makes decommissioning planning reliable, and the process transparent, traceable, compliant and accountable.
An integrated, modular solution, you have the choice of any or all of the following MODS Connect components to help execute your industrial decommissioning project, cutting costs and improving predictability:
MODS Connect Work Pack module links all the essential details pertaining to engineering, manning, materials, inventory, fabrication, installation/deconstruction, HSE (Health, Safety and Environment), scheduling, and estimated time. This module delivers an accountable and visible real-time view of the task from planning to signoff.
MODS Connect Completions module facilitates a controlled and staged transfer of responsibility to/from operations rather than relying on a fragmented handover using multiple dossiers and endless documentation utilizing a fully customizable suite of Inspection Test Record (ITR) sheets specific to decommissioning.
How digital decommissioning cuts costs
Expenditure on the decommissioning of oil and gas wells vary, but even conservative estimates project the decommissioning market for these ageing assets to reach 104.5 billion USD by 2030 worldwide and over 40 billion USD by 2040 on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) alone.
The business interests for reducing decommissioning costs are obvious. But decommissioning is a government-subsidized process, costing taxpayers up to 50 to 80 percent of the bill, which means that government pressures to reduce decom costs are real. Some governments have even set goals to reduce decommissioning costs by a third or more.
With that in mind, it is essential to reduce decommissioning expenditure, while enhancing safety and environmental impact. Digital decommissioning solutions address the sustainability trifecta, tackling financial, environmental and human elements. This ensures quality, efficiency and compliance throughout decommissioning.
Our digital decommissioning solution helps you activate several proven cost-reduction levers:
Ensure smooth handovers from operations to decommissioning.
Attract an upskilled workforce.
Reuse processes and tech from job to job, reducing effort and waste.
How digital decommissioning reduces environmental impact
Offshore environmental sensitivities are wide ranging and include microbiological ecosystems, fish and fisheries, marine mammals, seabirds, conservation habitats and seabirds.
Vulnerable to oil, chemical and sediment discharges, acoustic disturbances or other disruptions, an environmental impact assessment as part of a broader decommissioning plan must be conducted well in advance of deconstructing the asset.
Companies are not allowed to simply abandon outdated offshore wells, nor would they want to. Regulatory authorities require costly guarantees upfront to ensure the environmental integrity of offshore these wells: that they are properly boundaried and without environmental problems associated with any project phase, including decommissioning.
MODS Connect decommissioning solution makes works traceable, and workers accountable. Digital data integrity management prefaces workflow management. This tightens project oversight so that tasks occur in the correct sequential order and as efficiently as possible, mitigating mistakes and decreasing the project’s environmental footprint.
Further, our digital decommissioning solution aids your compliance reporting. The main US oil and gas regulators, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), dictate that oil and gas companies report all expenses, including costs associated with platform dismantling and site clean-up within 120 days of decommissioning completion.
With MODS digital decommissioning solution in place, and especially when integrated with your financial management platform, archival project information is easily available on a computer or mobile device, eliminating time-consuming paper-based systems and manual processes from your environmental compliance reporting.
What is decommissioning?
When an industrial installation comes to the end of its productive life, or is shut down for economic, political or for some other unforeseen issue, the site, including all relevant infrastructure, must be restored to its previous status in a process called decommissioning.
What are the stages of decommissioning?
Decommissioning is a project unto itself with several phases, effectively asset abandonment, structure removal and structure recycling. In the offshore oil and gas industry, for example, the first stage is to secure well operations, followed by removal of the pipes and structures that connect the platform to treatment ground centers.
Environmental risk mitigation is crucial. Waste disposal follows the removal phase, which entails identifying appropriate storage sites for non-polluting waste and processing any pollutants for recycling and/or disposal.
Post-decommissioning activities require risk-based monitoring as well as potential long-term management plan for any remaining infrastructure.
Decommissioning demands sophisticated techniques and robust project oversight. Project planning, with the right digital solution in place, aggregates “like” activities and in the correct sequence, reducing project expenditure and footprint.
USE THE FULL CONNECT SUITE FOR HIGHER ROI
MODS Connect is the overarching suite of software built for the specific challenges faced by EPCs and Owner-Operators in the maintenance, upgrade and operational activities for existing infrastructure, including brownfield projects.
As part of this software group, our decommissioning solutions consist of a combination of any or all of the following MODS Connect modules: Work Pack, Activity Manager, Materials Manager, Completions and Reality.
Together, this decommissioning solution digitizes and digitalizes your industrial decommissioning process so that real-time status is accurate, accessible and traceable, removing data silos, decreasing both cost and environmental footprint.