A recent report has found that decommissioning in the oil and gas sector is costing Scottish taxpayers huge amounts of money for a task that is not necessarily beneficial to the environment.
The report has called for a review of the planned decommissioning and subsequent deconstruction of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, which it found to be unnecessarily costly to the taxpayer and more harmful to the environment than it would be to leave it in place.
The discussion paper presented by Tom Baxter, a senior lecturer in chemical engineering at Aberdeen University, argues that because the taxpayer will pay between £20-30 billion government should assess whether decommissioning is the best solution in terms of taxpayer’s societal, environmental and economic position.
It also argues that the money saved from leaving infrastructure in place could be invested in green energies, which would thus make more ecological sense to no deconstruction rigs.
Furthermore, Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which recently welcomed the inclusion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the governments priorities, has highlighted the need to use decommissioned infrastructure in CCS to pump emissions safely back into the ground.