The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) in collaboration with the British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam hosted a four-day Decommissioning and Restoration Workshop from 21st to 24th January 2019 at the Prime Minister's Office Building. Present at the opening ceremony of the Workshop as the Guest of Honour was Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) of Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry.
The Workshop serves as an opportunity for participating officials to learn more about the regulatory framework in decommissioning and restoration and waste management as implemented in the United Kingdom (UK). Decommissioning and restoration are activities carried out for oil and gas facilities for fields that have reached their end of economic life in keeping with safety and environmental aspects. Three visiting experts from the UK's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) participated in the Workshop and shared their knowledge and experience on the regulation of Decommissioning and Restoration activities including waste management. In addition to officials from the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry as regulator of the local oil and gas sector, the Workshop also saw participation by officials from the Ministry of Development, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Transportation and Info-Communications, the Brunei National Petroleum Company (PetroleumBRUNEI) and the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA).
In his opening remarks, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya highlighted that this year marked 90 years since the first onshore production in Brunei and 56 years from the first offshore production. With that in mind, some infrastructure have reached its end life and many more will also reach end life in the near future, which would need to be handled and removed responsibly. Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya encouraged participants to take the opportunity to learn extensively from the subject matter experts and to apply how the process in the United Kingdom can be adopted in Brunei through the best practices that will be shared throughout the workshop.
His Excellency Mr. Richard Lindsay, the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, in his opening remarks highlighted that the United Kingdom has established the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) to ensure that the Decommissioning and Restoration activities are regulated and managed effectively. His Excellency also expressed delight at the opportunity for knowledge and experience-sharing between Brunei Darussalam and United Kingdom and indicated desire to continue supporting Brunei Darussalam as the country plans to launch its own Decommissioning and Restoration programmes over the coming decades.
The four-day workshop discussed various topics that include, but are not limited to, decommissioning and restoration activities related to wells, pipelines, structures, environment and waste management. As the regulation of Decommissioning and Restoration activities is in early stages in Brunei, the workshop is intended to benefit the regulator and authorities in implementing future Decommissioning and Restoration activities safely and responsibly.
Yang Mulia Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) of Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, delivering his Welcoming Remarks during the Opening Ceremony of the Workshop.
His Excellency Mr. Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, delivering his Opening Remarks during the Workshop.
The Guest of Honour of the Opening Ceremony of the 4-day Decommissioning and Restoration Workshop, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) of MEMI, and His Excellency Mr. Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, in a group photo with the participants.