Decommissioning Challenge Fund benefits 10 projects

Paul Wheelhouse
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TEN projects across Scotland have been awarded grants totalling £1.84 million in the fourth round of the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF).

The DCF supports infrastructure improvements and innovation to deliver decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas infrastructure.

Projects in this round include:
Innovation, research and development in well plugging and abandonment, and subsea recovery
Decommissioning port infrastructure upgrades
Feasibility studies T
The purchase of specialist decommissioning equipment

Paul Wheelhouse, Energy Minister, said: “Support for the decommissioning sector – and wider energy industry – is more important now than it ever has been as we plan our strategic economic recovery from Covid-19.

““Our Energy Strategy recognises that decommissioning offers significant economic opportunities that can help Scottish industry capture global market opportunities through the export of knowledge and experience, and commits to enhancing the skills and capacity in Scotland.

““The Decommissioning Challenge Fund is crucial in supporting development in this growing industry and I am delighted with the range of projects funded this year.

“In addition to helping improve the skills of the Scottish workforce, it will support further growth opportunities for the Scottish supply chain.”
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