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Late life and decommissioning

Late life and decommissioning

TÜV Rheinland provides an extensive range of service, consulting and technology to support operators in maximizing the economic recovery from assets in late life operations, for both onshore and offshore facilities.

This includes:

  • Process Safety
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Asset Integrity and Inspection
  • Maintenance and Reliability Optimization
  • Management of Redundant Equipment (MoRE)
  • End of Life Decommissioning Feasibility / Liability Estimates
  • Reduction in Facility running costs going towards Decommissioning

Having to consider the process of closing assets in high hazard industries, or part of assets, due to current market conditions , is a reality of the current economy.

At TÜV Rheinland our consultants, engineers and industry specialists work across a broad range of industry sectors, drawing on our unique heritage of being a past operator and wealth of hands on experience.

This experience helps ensure the end of life of an asset is not just a negative spend, but with the experience that TÜV Rheinland´s subject matter expert’s have and with detailed planning and preparation it will help to ensure maximum economic benefit to the operator whilst maintaining legal compliance and reputation.

Our offering


TÜV Rheinland provides a full range of services to support the closure of high hazard process plants with no disruption to ongoing operations.

Decommissioning and demolition management

We can help to evaluate and select the best option when considering either full or partial closure of manufacturing assets, from front end optioneering through to final site regeneration.

Our services include:

  • Mothballing studies
  • Comprehensive estimates and risk assessments of remediation and demolition projects
  • Decommissioning and enabling work for cost effective and safe demolition
  • Project management of demolition and remediation projects

Our approach is based on a unique blend of operational experience and technical knowledge. We ensure that all projects are done safely, cost effectively and maximise the value of the assets. Our experience at the front end of projects ensures that beneficial project options are not excluded by costly omissions early on in the process.


The challenges of offshore decommissioning are ever-increasing.

Offshore decommissioning

As the knowledge of what has to be done increases, so do the predicted costs. There remains an absolute requirement to cause no damage to people, the environment or an operator’s reputation.

Much of the effort is going into developing more cost-effective methods and techniques for decommissioning, without compromising safety or environmental performance. Many of these lower-cost options rely on getting some decisions right, many years before an asset is finally decommissioned.

The link between final project costs and the decisions made during late life operation are becoming clearer - certainly some hard, and costly, lessons have been learned.

TÜV Rheinland engineers have developed cost-effective approaches for decommissioning, which they have learned through long experiences in the field.

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