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Oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning in marine protected areas: System complexity, analysis and challenges

Burdon, D.; Barnard, S.; Boyes, S. J.; Elliott, M.

Authors

D. Burdon

S. Barnard

S. J. Boyes

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies



Abstract

Many offshore oil and gas production facilities are nearing the end of their operational life, with decommissioning now becoming a global challenge. The compatibility of decommissioning operations to marine protected areas (MPAs) creates further challenges. The recently-developed DAPSI(W)R(M) problem structuring framework (covering Drivers, Activities, Pressures, State changes, Impacts (on Welfare) and Responses (as Measures)) was applied here to interrogate the complexity of decommissioning oil and gas infrastructure within MPAs, with outputs feeding into the development of a novel database tool for Screening Potential Impacts of Decommissioning Activities (SPIDA). In meeting the current requirements of the marine regulatory regime, SPIDA provides a more streamlined, evidence-based process which can be applied by industry, statutory nature conservation bodies and regulators for identifying and evaluating evidence that supports the implications of decommissioning alternatives on the condition of MPAs. SPIDA has been developed to be adapted for other activities and sectors, including offshore renewables.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2018
Journal Marine Pollution Bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Electronic ISSN 1879-3363
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 135
Pages 739-758
Institution Citation Burdon, D., Barnard, S., Boyes, S. J., & Elliott, M. (2018). Oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning in marine protected areas: System complexity, analysis and challenges. Marine pollution bulletin, 135, 739-758. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.07.077
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.07.077
Keywords Aquatic Science; Pollution; Oceanography
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X18305642?via%3Dihub
Copyright Statement © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning in marine protected areas: System complexity, analysis and challenges; Journal Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.07.077; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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