Publication - Independent report

Ultra-deep water port: feasibility study

Published: 27 Nov 2018

Report compiled by Ernst & Young following their feasibility study looking at the most cost effective locations for an ultra-deep water port in the UK.

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Contents
Ultra-deep water port: feasibility study
Appendix G: Market consultation questions

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Appendix G: Market consultation questions

Appendix G sets out the questions submitted to the organisations participating in the market consultation covering:

  • Platform operators
  • Vessel operators
  • Onshore contractors
  • Floating wind
  • Tidal power.

The questions in each area are set out in the tables below.

Table 36: Interview questions - platform operators

No

Question

1

What contracting options would you consider going forward for decommissioning programmes? E.g. EPRD (Engineer, Procure, Remove and Disposal). Is there any other contracting strategy you would consider?

2

Would you consider including multiple platform decommissioning projects in the one contract or do you expect to perform this on a platform by platform basis?

3

What are the key criteria you consider when selecting a removal and disposal contract?

4

How attractive would a UK UDW Port be for decommissioning and other projects, and how could it benefit your business? Would a UK UDW Port have any influence on contracting?

5

Would there be any particular offshore capex or opex activities which an ultra-deep water port would support? What types of activities do you expect these to be and where do you see these happening in the future.

6

Do you have an opinion on what would be your preferred location for a UK UDW port? Please give reasons

7

How many platform removals would you look to perform in any one year?

8

How attractive is the use of the single-lift method for your future decommissioning projects? Are any decommissioning methods optimal over others for your specific platforms?

9

What impact do you expect new vessels will have on the demand for particular decommissioning methods?

10

What do you view as the key factors which will impact on the market demand for specific decommissioning methods in the future?

11

Would you consider any investment towards developing a UK UDW port?

12

Would you be willing to guarantee any throughput for a UK UDW Port in order to make it happen?

Source: EY

Table 37: Interview questions - vessel operators

No

Question

1

What are the key criteria you consider in looking for a port to contract with?

2

What are the key criteria you look for when considering an onshore disposal contractor?

3

How attractive would a UK UDW Port be for decommissioning projects and why? What factors would make it most attractive?

4

Do you have any preference on the location of a UK UDW port?

5

Do you expect all future removal and disposal decommissioning activity being undertaken through EPRD contracts? Is there any other contracting strategy you expect to play an important role in the future?

6

Please talk us through the onshore disposal value streams which derive from an EPRD contract? (i.e. how are ports/onshore disposal contractors paid)

7

What activities beyond decommissioning do you expect a UK UDW port could support? What specific port requirements would these activities need?

8

Are there specific decommissioning projects which you would be targeting? Are there any projects you have recently won? What are their timescales for topside/jacket removal? Would you consider any projects too small or too large for your vessel to bid for?

9

Have you been approached with any technical innovations which would support the reverse engineer decommissioning without the need to transfer modules direct to the quayside? What impact do you see these as having on the need for an UDW Port?

10

What impact do you expect single-lift vessels would have on the demand on reverse engineer decommissioning in the future? What impact due you expect to see of Amazing Grace and Shandong Twin Marine entering the market?

11

How long do you expect your current fleet to continue to operate for?

12

Would you consider any investment towards developing a UK UDW port?

13

How many large decommissioning projects do you expect your vessel could complete in one year? What would be the factors that could impact on this?

14

What are the key lessons learned from projects completed to date? What would improve the experience?

15

Do you have any case studies available for a recently completed projects which highlight issues faced at the port and how you could be better accommodated? Do you have any cost information outlining the impact of issues faced?

Source: EY

Table 38: Interview questions - onshore contractors

No

Question

1

Going forward, do you see all large decommissioning projects being procured through an EPRD contract? Are there other contracting strategies which you see being explored and would consider bidding through?

2

Can you talk us through the revenue and expenditure areas from onshore decommissioning? (e.g. yard income, disposal income, etc). Are these paid on a day rate, per tonne, or other basis?

3

How attractive do you expect a UK UDW Port be for decommissioning projects and how could it benefit your business?

4

What are the important characteristics for a port to attract onshore disposal activities?

5

What non-decommissioning projects do you believe an UDW port could support? (Floating offshore wind, O&G Capex/Opex)

6

What are the important characteristics for a multi-use port?

7

Are you aware of any technical innovations which would support the reverse engineer decommissioning without the need to transfer modules direct to the quayside with a HLV?

8

What would be your timeframe for deconstructing a large topside and jacket? (assume 20,000 tonnes for topside and 10,000 tonnes for jacket)

9

What do you view as the key factors which will impact on the market demand for specific decommissioning methods in the future?

10

What impact do you expect single-lift vessels will have on the demand on reverse engineer decommissioning in the future?

11

Would you consider any investment towards a UK UDW port?

12

Do you have any case studies for recent decommissioning projects which have been completed without an UDW port? How could these have been improved through the use of an UDW port?

Source: EY

Table 39: Interview questions - renewables (floating wind)

No

Question

1

At what stage is the floating offshore wind market at the moment?

2

What do you see as the future demand/potential for floating offshore wind farms?

3

When do you see the first large scale commercial projects being commissioned?

4

What are the key developments happening in the market and how does this impact on the structures being developed? Which of the most common platform types do you think will be the preferred for commercialisation?

5

What are the key locational characteristics required for the development of an offshore wind farm? Does Scotland meet those characteristics?

6

What are the key criteria you consider in looking for a port to contract with?

7

Would an UDW port support the future development of offshore floating wind farms?

8

Could you tell us more about the Hywind project? Was a heavy lift vessel used to assemble the turbines?

9

Do you think an UDW port could support other renewable energy activities such as tidal or wave energy?

Source: EY

Table 40: Interview questions - renewables (tidal)

No

Question

1

What are the key criteria you consider in looking for a port to contract with?

2

Would an UDW port support the future development of tidal energy projects?

3

Could you tell us more about your recent project? Has the project necessitated the use of heavy lift vessels?

4

Do you think an UDW port could support other renewable energy activities such as fixed and floating wind or wave energy?

5

At what stage is the tidal energy market at the moment?

6

What do you see as the future demand/potential for tidal energy projects?

7

When do you see the first large scale commercial projects being commissioned?

8

What are the key locational characteristics required for the development of tidal projects? Is the UK an attractive location for tidal development?

9

Are there any key developments or factors that could deter the development of tidal energy projects in the UK?

Source: EY


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