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Ocean Systems Engineering
  Volume 13, Number 1, March 2023 , pages 079-95

Technical preparedness in Southeast Asia region for onshore dismantling of offshore structures: Gaps and opportunities
Jing-Shuo Leow, Jing-Shun Leow, Hooi-Siang Kang, Omar Yaakob, Wonsiri Punurai, Sari Amelia and Huyen Thi Le

    An onshore dismantling yard is an important part in the supply chain of the offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry. However, despite having more than 500 offshore structures to be decommissioned in the Southeast Asia region, there are a very limited number of well-equipped dismantling yards to fully execute the onshore dismantling. Recent investigations discovered that shipbuilding and offshore structure fabrication yards are still potential options for upgrades to include dismantling. Despite the huge potential opportunities from upgrading to dismantling, research studies on this area are relatively scarce, and most past studies mainly focused on the North Sea region. To date, the potential opportunities of Southeast Asia and Malaysia yards to develop onshore dismantling capability are still unclear. The aim of this study is to identify the criteria to develop a technical preparedness checklist to evaluate an onshore dismantling yard; consequently, this will assist with assessing and bridging the gaps and identify the opportunity of developing an onshore dismantling yard in Southeast Asia region. Requirements for onshore dismantling and related rules and regulations have been investigated and summarized in the form of checklist. Findings from this study can help local oil and gas operators to pursue more local solutions and resilient supply chain performance.
Key Words
    abandonment; decommissioning; offshore structures; onshore dismantling; Southeast Asia
Jing-Shuo Leow and Jing-Shun Leow: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru 81310, Malaysia
Hooi-Siang Kang and Omar Yaakob: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru 81310, Malaysia;
Marine Technology Centre, Institute for Vehicle and Systems and Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru 81310, Malaysia
Wonsiri Punurai: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand
Sari Amelia: Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesa No.10, Lb. Siliwangi, Kecamatan Coblong, Kota Bandung,
Jawa Barat 40132, Indonesia
Huyen Thi Le: PetroVietnam University, 762 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, Long Toan Ward, Ba Ria City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 790000, Vietnam

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