Siphoning D&D lessons from the oil and gas industry

December 10, 2020, 9:30AMANS Nuclear Cafe

The Deepsea Delta oil-drilling platform in the North Sea. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Nuclear decommissioning projects can benefit from the lessons learned in the fossil fuel industry, according to a December 8 Reuters Events post that draws heavily from an article published in the ANS magazine Radwaste Solutions.

Reuters reporter Paul Day interviewed the authors of “Tapping Nonnuclear Knowledge,” which appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of RS and examines research being done on cross-sector learning between nuclear and oil and gas decommissioning projects, particularly the mega projects of decommissioning nuclear power plants and offshore oil rigs.

More research needed: The Reuters article highlights the importance of research into cross-sector learning in helping to keep the cost of decontamination and decommissioning projects down. It is noted that while many nuclear D&D projects experience significant increases from their established budgets, there is limited understanding of why that is.

The article also points out the difficulty that project teams from different sectors have in sharing information. “Studies have shown that processes that are learned from shared expertise are rarely carried out, and lessons learned are only shared across projects in a limited way, especially between teams working in different industrial sectors,” the article states.

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