Overview

The NDRI is seeking to undertake research to support improved understanding of the potential impact of decommissioned O&G structures on:

  • Potential impact from decommissioning O&G structures on life in the marine environment; and
  • Potential contaminants released in the marine environment if structures remain in-situ.

These objectives are being pursued through the research program outlined below.

Research Program 1: Potential impact of decommissioning O&G structures on life in the marine environment

  • Habitat Value of O&G Structures

    Potential habitat value of O&G infrastructure for marine organisms, particularly for commercially and recreationally-important fish.

  • Connectivity

    Ecological connectivity between and within the vicinity of O&G infrastructure and the broader marine environment.

  • Biosecurity

    Improved understanding of the risk and spread of invasive marine species (IMS) as a result of various decommissioning options and whether this is likely to be a matter of concern.

Research Program 2: Potential contaminants released in the marine environment if structures remain in-situ.

  • Metal degradation

    Understanding of the lifespan of decommissioned O&G infrastructure in the ocean, including the degradation mechanisms and rate of deterioration of metals.

  • Material of new coating with improved properties scientific research

    Non-metal degradation

    Understanding of the lifespan of decommissioned O&G infrastructure in the ocean, including the degradation mechanisms and rate of deterioration of non-metals.

  • NORMs

    Assessment of the risks of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORMs) to the marine environment from decommissioned oil and gas infrastructure, particularly if infrastructure is left in-situ.

  • Mercury

    Assessment of the risks of mercury to the marine environment from decommissioned oil and gas infrastructure, particularly if infrastructure is left in-situ.