Working with Stakeholders to Develop a Toolkit to Guide Planning and Implementation of Decommissioning and Closure Schemes in Resource-Rich Countries.
- Agnieszka Dominika Rawa (Millennium Challenge Corporation) | Eleodoro O. Mayorga Alba (World Bank) | Christopher Sheldon (World Bank) | Romina Aramburu (Environmental Resources Management) | Fernando D. Rodriguez (HSE International)
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- 2010. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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A recent World Bank survey of oil producing countries suggests that governments around the world have a limited capacity to plan environmental, health, safety and socioeconomic issues associated with the end of a project's life. At the same time, global projections indicate a steep increase in decommissioning of oil fields in the next two decades. Consequently, since early 2009, the World Bank has been leading an Initiative, "Towards Sustainable Decommissioning and Closure of Oil Fields [and Mines] 2: A Toolkit to Assist Government Agencies,?? to contribute to sustainable development by assisting governments in resource-rich countries in undertaking earlier and more systematic planning of the decommissioning and closure phase of upstream (onshore and offshore) oil and gas production operations.
The World Bank worked with representatives of oil and gas sector companies, regulatory agencies, industry organizations, non government organizations, as well as experts and other stakeholders to generate consensus on key issues and to lead the development of a Toolkit containing high level, simple and user-friendly guidance designed to contribute to an increased level of awareness and understanding of decommissioning and closure among government authorities' staff in resource rich countries. The Initiative is funded under the environmental pillar of the Petroleum and Governance Initiative, collaboration between the World Bank and the Government of Norway.
An initial Issues Paper and input received during a workshop in April 2009 indicated that priority issues which needed to be addressed included: the need for increased government capacity and involvement; the absence of a regulatory framework related to decommissioning and closure, cleanup standards and environmental best practice, and enforcement and monitoring; as well as the need to mainstream financial assurance, include socioeconomic considerations in planning the closure and post closure phase of operations, and stakeholder engagement throughout the Project's lifecycle. A draft Toolkit was developed incorporating guidance on these issues and shared with a small but diverse group of stakeholders in London and then with government representatives during a World Bank event in Ghana. A revised Toolkit was then prepared and can be accessed at http://go.worldbank.org/PLYX4SKSB0. This paper highlights the collaborative approach that the World Bank undertook as part of this work and describes key outputs, including the Toolkit and its contents. The approach used and guidance developed may be of interest to governments and private sector companies in context of planning and/or implementing sustainable decommissioning and closure schemes.
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