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Unions slam North Sea decommissioning disaster

Unions slam North Sea decommissioning disaster

20 October 2016

Commenting after the North Sea Producer, a huge oil and gas production vessel, was revealed to be rusting on a beach in Bangladesh, Tommy Campbell, Chair of the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) said:

“It is completely unacceptable for any North Sea vessel or rig to be decommissioned in this way. The process by which this vessel came to rust on a beach in Bangladesh highlights everything that is wrong with the UK’s current approach to decommissioning; an approach that runs contrary to the twin aims of maximising economic recovery and limiting environmental damage that are supposedly shared by Government at all levels.

“It is essential that Government and regulators work with unions and the industry to quickly develop and implement a new and effective strategy for North Sea decommissioning.  If the cost-minimisation approach becomes embedded, good jobs will be lost to the UK economy. Workers and the environment in developing nations will be cruelly exploited. 

“Having extracted massive profits from the North Sea, operators cannot be allowed to duck the responsibility to decommission in an ethical manner”.  

ENDS

Notes to editors

North Sea Producer found languishing on Bangladesh Beach, Energy Voice, 19 October 2016 https://www.energyvoice.com/other-news/122106/vessel-docked-riverside-stadium-now-washed-beaches-bangladesh/ 

The OCG was recently established to coordinate trade union policy and campaigns in the oil and gas sector. The following unions are members of the OCG: Unite, RMT, GMB, BALPA and Nautilus International.