On Wednesday April 5th 2017, RedWave is hosting a “Decommissioning Awareness Workshop” in the Netherlands presented by Ian Whitehead, from IW Decom Ltd. Ian has been active within Decommissioning in Oil and Gas since 2011 and from 2014 was involved in coordinating Centrica’s offshore decommissioning activities in its role as an independent consultant. He regularly facilitates workshops, bringing together companies to create opportunities within decommissioning and forming an industry network.

Decommissioning in the Netherlands is still in its infancy, but is taking big steps forward. It is an industry with vast opportunities and possibilities but also has relatively little experience on the Dutch Continental Shelf. Much of the foundations still need to be formed, for example; establishment of technical standards for decommissioning work, developing the right technology, improving the supply chain, finding the right people to carry out this work, knowledge export, and sharing best practices knowledge. The UK has had more experience with offshore decommissioning and has begun the knowledge sharing process with other operators in the industry. Now is the right time for us to form a cooperative network in the Netherlands, bringing together interested parties, to discuss best practice and how this can be done here.

From his experience, Ian Whitehead will introduce you to the offshore decommissioning industry, the different phases of these projects, the opportunities, the problems you may encounter and possible solutions and collaborations. We invite all participants to present a short pitch to introduce they’re business and their goals for this sector. You will be challenged to think out of the box, what would be the ideal situation for your business, what actions can take the group to move forward, what initiatives are there and can they be bundled for collaborative relationships?

At the end of the workshop attendees will understand the complexities and phases of late life operations and asset decommissioning, identify opportunities to align capabilities in response to the growing global demand by:

  • Sharing awareness and understanding
  • transfer of knowledge, capability and experience between attendees
  • aligning capabilities with specific activities in overall WBS
  • identify potential alliances
  • identify individual and joint activities to follow up at future workshops

Who should attend
The workshop will be of interest to Industry professionals from Government regulatory bodies, Operators and all business and operational functions and disciplines throughout the supply chain.


  • 08.30 – 9.00 Welcome & Networking 
  • 09.00 – 12.30 Workshop 
  • 12.30 – 13.00 Lunch 
  • 13.00 – 16.30 Workshop & Business Presentations 
  • 16.30 - Drinks & Networking

For more information please contact our office and we'll be happy to provide you with more detail. We look forward to welcoming you at our first decommissioning workshop and developing a collaborative way forward for the this sector in the Netherlands.

Where: RedWave Office – Handelskade 6, 1948 NA Beverwijk, the Netherlands. T: +31(0)251 262400
Delegates spaces are limited

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