Decom Mission launches major supply network survey

12/09/2023
Left to Right: Peter Sueref (CTO of Empirisys) and Sam Long (CEO of Decom Mission)

LAUNCHED by Decom Mission at last week’s SPE Offshore Europe, a survey of the global decommissioning supply network will be the first to provide primary insight into its current capability and capacity, as well as providing a snapshot of sentiment across the sector. 

The resulting report is due for publication in May 2024, and as the only independent trade organisation focused solely upon late life and decommissioning, its CEO, Sam Long, believes that Decom Mission is in the very best position to accurately reflect the current state of the decom supply network across the oil & gas, nuclear and renewable sectors.

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In order to do so, Decom Mission has partnered with data science experts – and Decom Mission member – Empirisys, to develop and deliver the survey, following the impact made by the latter’s recent work in delivering the largest survey of its kind for industry organisation, Step Change in Safety.

Commenting on the launch Sam said: “I would urge any company active in the decommissioning supply network to complete this landmark survey.  It forms a significant element of Decom Mission’s own development curve as we aim is to better inform both the supplier and operator/asset communities across all energy sectors, enabling improved decommissioning forecasting, targeting of capital and resources and the development of strategy.

“Currently, there is constant emphasis on future opportunities within the energy industry; Decom Mission is adamant that those of the present should not be forgotten about. Decommissioning plays a crucial role in the energy transition and this survey focuses on the opportunities of today and tomorrow – that’s vital to the survival of this industry.”

Empirisys has used its in-house designed and built intelligent survey app – Sense – as the platform on which to base the Decom Mission survey. In addition to developing and delivering the survey, Empirisys’ team of data scientists and engineers will utilise machine learning, diagnostics and AI driven tools to analyse the information uncovered, and provide actionable insights.

Peter Sueref, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Empirisys added:

“It takes real skill in data analysis and interpretation to craft a survey that will help organisations to gather the information they need and, crucially, can rely upon. Fortunately, we have a team of world-class data scientists and engineers at Empirisys who possess that in abundance. Their extensive knowledge and experience have produced a survey which will elicit reliable, empirical data, using techniques such as reverse coding and a carefully balanced proportion of subjective and objectives questions to add validity.

“Partnering with Decom Mission is a fantastic opportunity for us to deploy our skillset in a situation where the results will inform real change in the decom supply network, enabling businesses to capitalise on opportunities as the drive to net zero accelerates.”

All supply network companies active in the decommissioning sector are encouraged to complete the Decom Mission survey which can be found here.

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