This proposed research makes an assessment of past, current and future impacts of oil & gas platforms in the perspective of the decommissioning, re-use and abandonment of these platforms.
Now that gas reserves at the North Sea become depleted, discussion has started about the abandonment and the possibilities for re-use of (parts of) platforms. The complete removal of platform structures is expensive and results in a loss of infrastructure.
Rigs-to-Reefs studies, applying a Building with Nature approach, have shown that the foundations of platforms contribute to biodiversity, although its value for nature is under discussion.
Other possible (multiple-)use functions include the re-introduction of flat oysters, aquaculture (seaweed, kabeljauw-hotel, mussels), fisheries (passive nets/cages, recreational fisheries), breeding habitat for seabirds, and research platform for online monitoring of (a)biotic parameters.
This research provides an assessment of the potential ecological and environmental benefits and constrains of these possibilities and their interacting effects on the basis of available information. The results of the research will be described manuscript that will be submitted to a reputable scientific journal and summaries will be sent to (social) media and relevant trade journals. Additional products, including a flyer, webpage and PowerPoint presentation, are also envisaged.