NERA is leading the development of the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI) to improve community, regulatory and industry understanding of the impact of infrastructure on the marine environment.
Australia’s decommissioning liability is estimated to be in the order of AU$30 billion over the next 50 years. This includes 36 fixed platforms, 3,484 kilometres of pipeline and 900 wells.
The NDRI has been formed to commission and publish independent scientific research to improve the understanding of the importance these infrastructures in the Australian offshore marine environment, and how these structures react to and influence the marine environment over time.
NERA is facilitating development and delivery of the NDRI on behalf of eight industry partners. It will ultimately provide an independent evidence base to inform decommissioning decisions, comparative assessments and environmental impact assessments.
Initial objectives for the NDRI are to improve understanding of:
Many of the projects in the first phase of research will seek to lay the foundation for larger and longer research studies.
Start: August 2018
End: April 2021
Total Project Cost: $1,210,000
*Funding excludes GST