AN annual conference exploring offshore decommissioning will celebrate its 10th anniversary next month.

The latest Offshore Decommissioning Conference will be held in Fife, and through its “Expanding Frontiers” theme is set to examine how step changes can make a difference to business opportunities in the UK and global markets.

The two-day event, co-hosted by OGUK and Decom North Sea, is expected to attract up to 500 people.

Decom North Sea’s chief executive, John Warrender, said: “The North Sea decommissioning market is a world leader. The Offshore Decommissioning Conference’s 10th anniversary is a timely opportunity, not only to reflect on how far the market has come, but also to herald the next generation of decommissioning capability and opportunity.

“The Expanding Frontiers title is apt; it encourages us to share our knowledge, globalise our expertise and build upon the disruptive technologies we’re creating. As the industry matures there’s increasing evidence of a developing market as new commercial models are introduced, aggregating work-scopes and achieving economies of scale. This is an evolving industry and we must ensure we are prepared for upcoming challenges.”

OGUK’s upstream policy director Mike Tholen added that activities which will help Scotland and the UK as a whole meet its net-zero challenge in the coming years present an “exciting future” for the industry.

Conference delegates will be among the first to hear from regulators including the HSE, OPRED and the OGA on issues including government consultations on decommissioning and area planning relating to the UK Continental Shelf.

The event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, from November 25-27.