There is some debris in the Brent Field – this is mainly scaffolding poles which have accumulated over time due to bad weather. UK regulations and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) decommissioning guidelines require removal of debris from the seabed around the platform and along pipeline corridors. Where debris is located within drill cuttings piles, removal will only take place if it can be done without undue disturbance of the drill cuttings.
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are being used to recover scaffold poles and other debris into baskets, which are filled on the seabed, raised to the platform and shipped to shore for recycling or safe disposal.
Following completion of our decommissioning operations, further surveys will be carried out to identify and recover any additional debris located on the seabed which has arisen from the Brent decommissioning operation or from the past Brent development and production activities.