New Industry Guidance for Retention of Information and Samples after Decommissioning

CDA has issued new guidance that will support companies in planning decommissioning more efficiently.

Developed in collaboration with the Shell Brent Decommissioning Project, and the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen, the Guidance on the Retention of Information Received or Created by UK-Based Oil Companies Associated with a Decommissioned Asset supports operators in determining what data and documents must be retained after an offshore asset is removed for dismantling.

Daniel Brown, Manager, CDA Projects, said: “Over the 40-plus year lifespan of an offshore asset, many thousands of boxes of physical records, and millions of electronic files are created and then stored at substantial ongoing cost.

“Once the asset is removed to be dismantled, many of these records are no longer required – but deciding what must be retained, and what may lawfully be destroyed is not a simple task.

This example retention schedule and guidance supports companies as they make retention decisions, and work to eliminate this otherwise costly sting in the tail of decommissioning – the retention of data and documents for years or decades longer than needed. We hope this framework is useful for companies and we would like to hear their feedback on its content and use.”

An open workshop will be held in March 2018 to present current understanding on records retention requirements after decommissioning, and to receive feedback on these documents, so that they may be improved over time with a view to minimising the overall information legacy of decommissioning.

If you wish to be invited to the workshop, or have any questions or feedback on the documents, please contact Daniel Brown at [email protected].