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A circular economy approach to decommissioning.
Decommissioning is a rising challenge and brings questions as to the actual engineering of assets. Assets for producing petroleum are a great tool during their lifetime. But what is to be done with them when they are no longer of use? This is the question that arises from decommissioning rigs, pipelines, refineries, floating vessels, gas stations, etc. The Circular Economy approach seeks to find new uses for assets and their components, consistent with commercial and sustainable objectives. The - primarily financial and environmental - burden of decommissioning oil and gas assets would become more attractive. The Circular Economy approach to decommissioning brings a new perspective that considers the re-use and regeneration as critical aspects, to be considered along with other matters from the earliest stages of designing and constructing assets.
Sophie Theys will present the application of circular economy concepts to decommissioning and propose ways of integrating such circular concepts at the earliest stage of building oil and gas assets.
Technical, Quality and Risk Manager for the Africa region, Bureau Veritas
Ms. Theys is Technical, Quality and Risk Manager for the Africa region at Bureau Veritas, a testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company. Sophie Theys comes with 20 years of experience in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sector with a unique mix of project management, technical and field experience. She has lead efforts in optimizing water usage, monitoring CO2 capture & storage and providing solutions for assets to live longer without impacting safety or the environment. She is currently part of the technical board of EUROGIA2020 (promoting low-carbon energy technologies) and has participated on the "fit-for decision metrics" work scope of SPE-STDS. Why Oil & Gas and sustainability? Having grown up with the industry, Sophie believes that oil & gas has a powerful social and technical lead in implementing a sustainable local footprint to serve a global market.
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