PUBLIC LECTURE: Rigs, Reefs and Re-cycling: how offshore infrastructure can be re-used to benefit our oceans
|Rigs, Reefs and Re-cycling: how offshore infrastructure can be re-used to benefit our oceans : All at Sea: Restoration and Recovery Series
A public lecture by Professor Erika Techera, Director, Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia.
The offshore oil and gas industry is facing the prospect of de-commissioning thousands of installations in the coming decades. In some parts of the world the issue is already pressing. The technical difficulty and financial cost of complete removal is significant, and therefore the prospect of leaving part of the installation in situ is attractive. Furthermore, it is clear that in some cases, marine ecosystems have established themselves around this infrastructure, and are providing ecosystem services. Nevertheless, despite the success of rigs-to-reef projects in the US it is unclear whether such initiatives are transferable to Australia given very different physical and jurisdictional contexts. UWA researchers are exploring the way forward through multi-disciplinary projects including engineering and technical advances, marine science, socio-economic, legal and sociological perspectives.
This lecture will explore the issues, the questions being examined and potential solutions for Australia and beyond.
About this Series: All at Sea - Restoration and Recovery
Our oceans and coasts provide us with food, energy, livelihoods, cultural and recreational opportunities, yet they are coming under increasing pressure. This UWA Institute of Advanced Studies – Oceans Institute Lecture Series explores the wonders of our seas, the challenges they face and how research at UWA - in a diverse range of fields including marine science, ocean engineering, health, humanities and social sciences – are contributing to ensure sustainability.
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