Traprain’s particular expertise in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas platforms has been called upon frequently by many of the largest companies in the sector. In addition, the consultancy’s experience has been recognised by Norwegian insurers, who sought Traprain’s advice on the subject, and the University of Dundee’s summer school also seeks input from the consultancy on this particular issue. Traprain consultants were involved in early decommissioning projects, and in discussions with Government on changes in law and practice in this area.

Most recently, the consultancy has been awarded a contract by Norwegian contractor, Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner a.s. for the largest offshore decommissioning project in Europe: the decommissioning of Total’s Frigg and MCP001 platforms in the Norwegian and British sectors of the North Sea.

The project involves assisting Aker Kvaerner in the development of subcontracting arrangements for the decommissioning and disposal of the redundant platforms in the United Kingdom. In addition to the traditional issues relating to construction and demolition contracting, the work has the added issues of international contracting between Norway and the United Kingdom, and special issues on environmental risks and obligations. 

Traprain has also worked on other decommissioning projects for the same client, as well as providing advice to a range of clients on this increasingly important subject.