Oil rigs operate 24/7 365 days a year in some of the world’s most hostile environments and unlike a phone that can be upgraded online every year or two, an oil rig is not so simple!

Offshore oil and gas rigs have a much longer lifespan than most structures – typically 25 to 40 years, but a bit like the clichéd Forth Road Bridge painting, they require continual maintenance. It’s something we can help with at Envision Engineering.

Decommissioning of oil and gas wells is something that we come across frequently – in fact 214 are due for decommissioning in the UK alone.

What’s interesting from our perspective is this news this week from the BBC 

North Sea oil and gas rigs could be modified to pump carbon dioxide emissions into rocks below the seabed, Edinburgh scientists have found.

Refitting old platforms to act as pumping stations for self-contained CO2 storage sites would be 10 times cheaper than decommissioning the structures.

The sites would store emissions generated by natural gas production.

They could also be used to lock away CO2 produced by power stations, helping to combat climate change.

Now wouldn’t this be great news for the industry as a whole?

Look at the plans for Brent: