Offshore platform decommissioning related jobs
There are employment opportunities at every stage of the life cycle of stationary offshore oil production platforms. The phase of the dismantling and the decommissioning of offshore platform offers some employment opportunities as well. Like the rest of offshore work opportunities, this class of offshore jobs are largely project based, though the duration of the time, required to complete the decommissioning of a particular offshore installation or facility may vary, thus defining the time span of these offshore vacancies availability. By measure of the decommissioning phase progressing, coming to the conservation of the oil production site, the number of the offshore jobs it generated gets reduced with fewer further opportunities available.
At the stage of dismantling offshore platforms the following offshore jobs may be created by companies that specialize and get contracted for offshore platform decommissioning: rig welders, rope access technicians, instrument maintenance technicians, commercial diver-welders, offshore electronics technicians, demolition technicians (better from ex-military), underwater metal cutters, crane operators, electrician, engineers of different trades, especially construction engineers and mechanical engineers, and, of course, high end management and supervisory staff like Close Out Coordinator, Decommissioning Project Engineering Manager, Remote Decommissioning Engineer, Subsea Decommissioning Project Engineer, Subsea Completions Engineer Decommissioning Site Team Leads and many more - all these are offshore oil & gas decommissioning Job titles.
Another company that gets contracted for decommissioning offshore platforms is Derrick Services (UK) Ltd. or DSL with the head office in Aberdeen, UK and regional offices in Houston, TX, Brazil, Dubai - United Arab Emirates, India, Indonesia, and Singapore. There are new offshore job openings appearing with this contractor from time to time. Its recent and current project have included Shelf VII Caspian , Vega A. Mediterranian, CTF Rig 05; Thistle Platform, Claymore Platform, Total Alwyn (all three in the North Sea), and more.
Offshore jobs entry level like roustabouts are also possible to land with the UK's Veolia company providing offshore decommissioning and demolition services - this one is known for being main contractor for decommissioning Main Support Frame of the Frigg TCP2 Gas Platform that at that time used to be the largest offshore structure to be decommissioned in the North Sea's UK sector. This company also specializes in providing waste disposal and recycling services for number of the industries, including oil &gas upstream sector.
A few decades ago stationary offshore oil rigs would simply be destroyed, some parts of their structure being just demolished. The growing environment conservation consciousness, along with the big oil & gas corporations progressing into more diversified market while gaining critical experience related to different aspects involving both commercial side and the effect of offshore oil drilling on environment made it both mandatory, no other choice urge, and lucrative idea to develop new non oil production related projects at high seas, for example in the field of alternative sources of energy, thus creating opportunities for new offshore careers that are not directly related to exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Specialist researchers found out, based on calculations and in-depth technological analysis that the UK shipyards could engage in manufacturing wind turbines to be installed offshore for the purpose of electricity generation. Another direction that they could try may include manufacturing of big size wave machines that could primarily be used in producing electricity conforming the green energy production guidelines. It would be quite natural for the shipyards with many decades of experience and the most modern technologies in their disposal that they accumulated while dealing with oil industry related offshore operations to take this challenge.
Oldest Noway's oil platform Ekofisk 2/4A starts getting decommission
Ekofisk oilfield offshore Norway in the North Sea
The oldest oil production offshore platform in Norway in question is Ekofisk 2/4A, which was commissioned to start oil production by ConocoPhillips back in 1974. That's impressive, I would admit, for offshore oil facility stay operational for almost 40 years, offering permanent jobs for generations of offshore riggers. Now, at the phase of decommissioning, the platform still is expected to provide more employment for crews whose business and skills are connected with the completion stage of exploiting wells.
The renowned platform started providing jobs for vast majority of workers, engineers, and supervisory staff well ahead of the time when it was commissioned. In order to manufacture the steel jacket for the future platform as quickly, as it was only possible, the project won by France was then promptly redestributed by the principal contractor among many small and medium size companies not only in Europe? but also around the earth, this way providing opportunity to earn from offshore oil rig originating secondary jobs in different industries, involving a number of countries.
When already operational, this Norway's sector North Sea based platform provided aomewhere around 35 permanent jobs for the people (including entry level roustabout positions for the inexperienced), needed to service it, until becoming remotedly operational back in 1996. Then only 8 person maintenance crew was required to keep the process of oil extraction running. Now it started providing decmmissioning jobs. Ekofisk field has great density of oil production platforms, and new are coming.