Research Program 2, Project 1 – Understanding of the lifespan of decommissioned O&G infrastructure in the ocean (metals)

Project Title

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

NDRI Reference

RP2-Pro1 (Research Program 2 – Project 1)

Objective

To investigate the rates of O&G metal material degradation in the marine environment.

Background

Materials used in oil and gas structures, such as metals used in the construction of jackets or pipelines, will break down over time. However, there are many influences on the rates at which these materials will degrade.

This project seeks to improve understanding of metal material degradation and their potential fate in the marine environment under decommissioning in-situ conditions.

Questions
  1. How long will decommissioned O&G structures persist if left in the oceans, and what are the degradation mechanisms and influences on metals?
Approach

An applicant may wish to address RP2-Pro1 and RP2-Pro 2 at the same time.

It is expected that this objective will be addressed through literature reviews, expert analysis, risk assessments, and appropriate modelling.

 

Materials

The NDRI will seek to consolidate an initial set of reports to provide the successful proponent a more advanced starting point for this project.

Applications