David Ballands from LOC Houston, provides perspective on decommissioning developments in the Gulf of Mexico to MarineLink.

The Gulf of Mexico basin covers approximately 1.6 million km2 and is one of the most important petroleum production regions in the world. A significant portion of the area is shallow continental shelf waters. These areas were developed first by oil companies, with deeper water development only being undertaken once the ‘easier’ sites had been exploited.

Many years on, numerous shallow water platforms have been successfully decommissioned and the industry is starting to view the deep-water sites with a view to the same.

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