Asset operational lifespan
There was a time when decommissioning specialists would be brought into a project when an asset was already redundant. However, enlisting the support of engineers with a decommissioning mindset throughout the entire operational lifespan of an asset, is increasingly being acknowledged as a value-adding exercise. That’s because, if the operator has taken a proactive approach to ongoing maintenance and provisioning, they will be empowered with a far greater degree of data and knowledge when the time comes to embark on the decommissioning exercise itself.
SSE Generation required a high level but robust assessment of its liabilities to assist in the determination of adequate provision for business and reporting purposes.
RVA were able to demonstrate both the experience and industry data to make such an assessment at an appropriate level of detail and respond in a relatively short time from instruction to proceed.
When should a decommissioning engineer get involved?
Some regulatory frameworks stipulate that a principal designer should be appointed on decommissioning projects to ensure works are rigorously planned from start to finish, and the right people do the right job at the right time, armed with the information they need to effectively manage and mitigate risks. This is why decommissioning specialists are increasingly being consulted even during the earliest phases of an asset’s
Physical, virtual or hybrid decommissioning support
When it comes to our provision of decommissioning services, we can adopt varied deployment methods, including a physical on-site presence, virtual support, or a hybrid approach. Exactly what is feasible will depend on the scope of work involved, and decisions will always be made on the grounds of safety. However, where possible we will actively seek to make best use of technology and remote or geographically diverse resources, to reduce the unnecessary carbon impact of travel, and keep programmes progressing fluidly whatever else may be going on in the world.