Oil and Gas Decommissioning Toolkit: Practical Guidance for Governments
Decommissioning is the final stage of an oil or gas project. At the end of a field’s life, when production has ceased, decommissioning is the process whereby the hydrocarbon reservoirs are isolated and associated infrastructure is removed and disposed of, so that the producing area is left in a safe and environmentally acceptable condition. Decommissioning is a long, costly and complex process, requiring co-operation by the key stakeholders to manage technical, economic, operational, social and environment issues.
It is therefore important that decommissioning is adequately addressed by the government in its capacity as the regulatory authority for the sector.
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