ITD Yard Site Visit

Hosted by Mahidol University (MU) on 28 September 2023

Samut Prakan, Thailand, 28 September 2023 – In a move that promises to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) has officially accepted the proposed visit from the SEELOS project team. This exciting opportunity invites all SEELOS project partners to participate in a one-day site visit to Ital Thai Marine Co., Ltd. in Samut Prakan, Thailand, on 28 September 2023.

The primary aim of this fieldwork excursion is to provide an up-close view of current decommissioning practices in Thailand. Participants would have the unique opportunity to observe the decommissioning activities of two topsides, four jackets, and risers cleaning in action. This firsthand experience promises to offer valuable insights into the intricacies of offshore decommissioning.

As a research activity approved by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), this site visit serves as a vital platform for academic professionals and industry experts to come together, share ideas, and develop collaborative networks. The SEELOS project recognizes the importance of bridging the gap between theory and industry practice to achieve safer and more sustainable offshore decommissioning processes in Southeast Asia, particularly within the ASEAN region.

During the visit, the members of SEELOS got the opportunity to observe ITD’s dismantling yard’s technological prowess. The facility is equipped to handle the dismantling and decontamination of petroleum industry materials such as topsides, pipelines, subsea equipment, and other polluted materials. Furthermore, the yard serves as a temporary storage facility for scrap and hazardous items, ensuring safe and responsible disposal.

Currently, two platforms are slated for repurposing, while two platforms are earmarked for disposal. Throughout the duration of the site visit, PTTEP decommissioning team together with Mr. Tanongsak representative from ITD, received a substantial level of appreciation for the comprehensive elucidations they provided.

The SEELOS delegation extends its heartfelt gratitude to the industry for its invaluable contribution in sharing knowledge, a gesture that has played a pivotal role in enhancing capacity and expertise throughout the entire region. This spirit of collaboration has not only deepened the understanding of offshore decommissioning but has also fostered a sense of unity and shared responsibility within the industry.

SEELOS Project Partners involved:
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (Malaysia)
  • Newcastle University in Singapore (Singapore)
  • Sea Sentinels Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia)

Posted by Mohd Arif Ismail

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