A transparent process
Shell UK and Esso Exploration and Production UK (Esso) engage with people and organisations who have an interest in, or who are impacted by, the decommissioning of the Brent Field. Listening and talking to interested parties who live and work alongside us is vital to successful decommissioning. We want to understand the views of as many affected or interested parties as possible.
The consultation process with stakeholders has tremendous benefits. It can provide fresh insights and ideas to solve the challenges surrounding projects of this scale. It also guides our recommendations by ensuring that the widest possible range of options is explored. The process assures that the solutions we will propose are robust and responsible.
Our goal is to ensure the Decommissioning Programme that is presented to the UK Government represents a clear way forward for everyone with a stake in the project.
Since 2007, we have received input from around 180 organisations. These have included local and national Government agencies, industry bodies, trade unions, environmental groups and community associations. For example, in 2013, we talked to more than 60 individual groups and hosted stakeholder events in Aberdeen and London, where Shell project staff presented on a number of the Decommissioning Programme elements.
When the Brent decommissioning work began in 2006, Shell and Esso asked Professor John Shepherd from Southampton University to head an Independent Review Group (IRG) for the project. Professor Shepherd appointed a team of leading academics whose role has been to objectively review all the scientific and engineering assessments of the various decommissioning options proposed. The IRG validates the science which underpins our conclusions.
Stakeholder sessions – IMechE talk, London (July 2016)
Watch this video of our talk at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London. Project Director Alistair Hope and Business Opportunity Manager Duncan Manning share recommendations for how the Brent Decommissioning team plan to carry out this significant engineering operation.