Decommissioning offshore installations: legal aspects

Siu Yung Alan Ma

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    The seas provide a source of natural resources for man to exploit as well as, unfortunately, a disposal area for the waste products of industry. International law confers rights to States to explore and extract hydrocarbons from
    the seabed, it also defines their obligations to deal with the situation when exploitation of a particular oil or gas field has ended.

    The decommissioning of offshore installations is technically challenging, financially significant and legally sophisticated. This paper aims to provide a better understanding of the legal requirements of decommissioning
    installations of offshore oil or gas fields. The sources of the legal regimes are identified. The development of the relevant rules of law is reviewed. Application of these rules upon states and individuals is explained. Examples of means of ensuring enforcement, compliance and dispute resolution the rules are provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1
    Pages (from-to)26
    Number of pages31
    Journal Proceeding of the institute of marine engineering, science and technology. Part B, journal of marine design and operations.
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 2002


    • International law, Decommissioning, Case history, Implementation, Legislation, Offshore structure, Marine platform


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