There has been much debate about investment, or more accurately lack of investment, for decommissioning, but as a basis for investment the only relevant fact is that decommissioning is inevitable. We are seeing evidence that North Sea decommissioning and removal is now becoming a reality. However, a clear focus is needed to prepare for decommissioning and recognizing what is required both in terms of information and skills. There are currently about 700 installations in the North Sea that will, with a few exceptions such as gravity based structures (GBS), require...

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