Oil Rigs, Reefs and the UKCS


There are more than 11,000 wells, nearly 600 platforms and 24,000 km of pipeline network on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). It is estimated that by 2025 more than 220 oil and gas production fields and their structures will be decommissioned. In his recent opinion piece, “Turning oil rigs into reefs: A missed opportunity,” colleague Chris Harrison discusses why the Gulf of Mexico’s “rigs to reefs” approach has not been adopted in the UKCS.