A Decommissioning and Restoration (D&R) forum was held in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 at the Musyawarah Hall, International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday.
The forum was in recognition of D&R activities which have long been associated with sophisticated technologies involving the removal of ageing oil and gas facilities that have reached the end of their technical and economic life.
As the oil and gas industry in Brunei Darussalam celebrated 90 years, significant numbers of onshore and offshore facilities have reached their functional lifespan.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein officiated the forum’s opening.
The forum commenced with a keynote speech by Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy (ME) Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya.
Speakers highlighted business creations and spin-off opportunities which were among the main focus of the discussion. With over 200 offshore structures, over 1,000 wells and 1,500 kilometres of pipelines with onshore facilities to be decommissioned in the next 20 to 30 years, D&R activities have the potential to become a thriving industry in Brunei Darussalam’s energy sector.
In keeping the momentum of the theme ‘Energy Transition: Towards a Sustainable Future’, D&R activities are committed to reversing the impact of environmental degradation as a result of offshore and onshore activities through the re-introduction of natural ecosystem. This was strengthened by the National E&P Guideline for Decommissioning and Restoration of Upstream Industry introduced in 2017 by the ME.
The guidelines stressed on a coherent approach for operators in managing late-life onshore and offshore operation in consideration of associated safety risk and environmental impact. The ME through the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam will be implementing a number of D&R legislations for petroleum industries in the future.
Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Development and ME, senior government officials, directors and officers from private and public sectors also attended.
Two hundred and fifty-five participants joined the forum and toured the exhibits, establishing networking ties and exchanging ideas with professionals, subject matter expert speakers and leaders in various fields.