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Planning for Decommissioning

Short Course - RGU Certificate of Completion
Planning for Decommissioning RGU Certificate of Completion

Gain an in-depth understanding of the activities required to plan the decommissioning of a North Sea offshore field. Developed in collaboration with the OGA, BEIS and HSE, this course will give participants a thorough understanding of legislation and the likely interpretation that will be applied by the Regulatory Authorities.

Intended Audience:

Anyone who is working or intends to work in the decommissioning sector of the Oil and Gas industry and needs a comprehensive knowledge of the many activities that are part of late life operations and decommissioning.

Learning Resources:

  • Example Project Plan
  • Legislation Plan
  • Library of activities
  • RGU Certificate of Completion
This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

Available now

Course Length

8-12 hours

This course uses an example project plan covering the main phases of decommissioning work comprising:

  • Late Life Production
  • Removal concept select
  • Rig and critical equipment upgrade
  • Wells plug and abandonment
  • Removals preparation
  • Removal execution
  • Disposal and close-out

The key activities for each phase are examined in detail and course participants can apply the project plan to their own examples either for platform or subsea facilities.

Legislation is described in detail and there is an explanation of the processes that the Regulatory Authorities will expect including their early involvement and consultation.

Participants can choose to study all the activities in sequence or to select specific activities in any order.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the activities that make up a typical late life production and decommissioning project
  • Create a project plan for any offshore decommissioning project

Explore the legislation that is specific to UK offshore decommissioning and how it is interpreted by the OGA, BEIS and the HSE.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Example Project Plan
Legislation Plan
Library of activities
8 webinars and a knowledge check

Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support


Course fees: £600

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges


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