Millions to dismantle Maui platform
It is expected to cost hundreds of millions to decommission the Maui gas field platforms and pipelines when the gas runs out but Shell says that’s probably 35 years away if the company succeeds in its bid to extend the field for another three and a half decades. And Shell is expected to still be around then to dismantle the operation, despite opponents of the extension being anxious about what seems to be a lack of forward thinking when it comes to the redress of the site at its decommission, states national media.
Maui is reported to be at the end of its usefulness and no longer produces, as it did in the past, nearly all of this country’s gas, now merely filling in the gaps between supply and demand. The field has a mining permit for 21 years, with the remaining years of the 35-year consent expected to be given over to the long process of dismantling the operation. There is reportedly no mandate that bonds Shell into decommissioning the structure but Shell Todd Oil Services believes the Dutch company will not shirk in its obligations when the time comes. It would be “highly unusual” if every bit of equipment was removed from the field and possible that the rig is simply toppled into the sea to create a reef.