Open consultation

Strengthening the UK’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry: call for evidence


A call for evidence to identify what more should be done to further strengthen Scotland and the UK’s position as a global hub for decommissioning.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

The call for evidence focuses on 2 central themes:

  • building on the existing fiscal, policy and collaborative measures, how the UK decommissioning industry could further improve its ability to serve the UK market, support MER UK and reduce the overall costs of decommissioning
  • what could be done to encourage the domestic industry to export its decommissioning expertise abroad and position Scotland, together with the rest of the UK, as a world leading hub for decommissioning

We’re seeking views from:

  • industry
  • trade associations
  • research and technology organisations
  • MER UK Taskforces, established by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA)
  • any other interested party, including academia

Responses to this call will:

  • allow the government, industry and the Oil and Gas Authority to assess the relative strengths of the UK decommissioning industry
  • contribute to a strategic and coordinated approach to policy, to ensure that our supply chain benefits from the opportunities that will arise from this phase of the industry’s life cycle
  • ensure we are prepared for global opportunities, forecast to be worth around £80 billion over the next 10 years


Ways to respond


Email to:

Write to:

Oil & Gas Exploration and Production team
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
3rd Floor, Orchard 2
1 Victoria Street

Published 13 March 2019