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Our approach

We are now planning for the safe and sustainable closure of the Griffin facilities, including pipelines, flowlines and subsea equipment.

We will work with relevant parties through an inclusive, transparent consultation process called a Comparative Assessment (CA) to identify the preferred approach for decommissioning of the Griffin facilities.

We will use outcomes from the CA and other consultation in our decommissioning submission to regulators, which will be subject to approval before decommissioning can commence.



What is decommissioning?

Decommissioning refers to the safe and sustainable closure of a production facility, in this case the decommissioning of the Griffin field and pipeline. Depending on the facilities, decommissioning may involve:

  • Full removal of equipment
  • Partial removal, with some infrastructure left in place 
  • Treatment of equipment so it can safely remain on the seabed
  • Enhancing existing equipment that is left in place to provide future ecological benefits

A Comparative Assessment process will be used to determine our preferred  decommissioning option for each piece of equipment in the Griffin field.

What is involved in a Comparative Assessment?

A Comparative Assessment is a collaborative approach to making an informed decision.

BHP is committed to considering stakeholder perspectives to identify a preferred decommissioning option which provides the best balanced socioeconomic, environmental, health and safety, technical and economic outcome.  

During the Comparative Assessment, stakeholders will participate in an analysis of risks and benefits that will inform selection of the preferred option for how subsea equipment could be decommissioned. 

When is the Comparative Assessment taking place?

The CA is a full day workshop to be held in Onslow in mid-June. Exmouth participants, or others who are not able to attend in person, will also be given a link to attend via a digital platform (e.g. MS Teams, Zoom or similar).  
Participants who send an expression of interest and are selected to participate will be provided with the specific time, date, venue and web link closer to the date. 
Please note that BHP is unable to pay participants for either their time or costs associated with attending briefings, focus groups or the Comparative Assessment Workshop. 

Who is involved in the Comparative Assessment process?

The CA process is being independently run by community engagement consultants from Creating Communities.

The CA workshop will be independently run by Catalyze, experts in conducting collaborative decision-making processes that are informed by the best available information.

How can I be involved in the Comparative Assessment?

Relevant persons with an interest in Griffin decommissioning are encouraged to express their interest. In particular, BHP would like to ensure community members or representatives of organisations in Onslow or Exmouth express their interest to be involved in the project. 

An independent auditor will select participants aiming to ensure a balance of stakeholder representation. 

To express your interest or for further information, please contact Creating Communities via email or phone Joe on 08 9284 0190. 

Expressions of interest close on Sunday 16 May 2021 at 5.00pm WST.

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