16 March 2018
Re-use and decommissioning initiative Nexstep opens office in The Hague
On March 15th, Nexstep, a re-use and decommissioning platform, officially opened its office in New Babylon Gardens, The Hague. Nexstep is a joined initiative of NOGEPA and EBN, who have started the development of a national inventory for all infrastructure associated with the upstream Oil & Gas industry. The opening ceremony included speeches by Mr. Gaastra, Director General for Energy, Telecommunications and Competition at the Ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mrs. Van Haaren, Executive Director of The Hague Business Agency and Jacqueline Vaassen, General Manager of Nexstep.
National Platform Nexstep
A first data collection has been completed for the offshore infrastructure; The Netherlands counts over 150 platforms, over 3,000 km of pipelines and over 600 wells. In the next 2 decades almost all of the oil and gas platforms will reach the end of their economic life and will have to be either be re-used or decommissioned. In addition, onshore there are about 360 production locations for oil and gas. Against an estimate of about 7 billion euro these assets will be decommissioned. In terms of re-use, the existing infrastructure could be reused to house offshore wind substations, for example. To implement their master plan they set up a National Platform ‘Nexstep’. Nexstep will focus on establishing a database and promoting and creating regulations to do the decommissioning efficiently and effectively, lowering the cost of the decommissioning as much as possible.
Ms. Ilja van Haaren, Executive Director of The Hague Business Agency, is delighted with the arrival of Nexstep in The Hague: “We firmly believe that the sector will develop new initiatives and activities, especially in The Hague. Alongside Nexstep, this is already happening: the offices of offshore wind operators are coming to the city and the first floating solar farm will be built off the coast of Scheveningen in the near future”.
The city of The Hague
Why The Hague
Apart from the presence of a large oil & gas cluster in the city, Nexstep choose for The Hague because of the proximity of the many ministries in the city. Also, the municipality of The Hague actively promotes the transition from the use of conventional energy forms to more sustainable forms like solar, geo thermal and wind energy.
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