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Quick Facts:

  • Renderings Produced: 6
  • ROV Footage Reviewed: 10 hours worth
  • Key Fact: Only 1 of 3 Locations in the World with Successfully Reefed Platforms via Rigs-to-Reefs

Project Summary:

Great Ecology served as the ecological consultant for Chevron as it evaluated options for offshore platform decommissioning in the Gulf of Thailand, including converting the platforms to artificial reefs.

Great Ecology assessed the feasibility of implementing a Rigs-to-Reefs program by examining several critical elements of successful program implementation. The investigation evaluated the suitability of a variety of potential reefing sites, with particular consideration given to the physical and biological marine environments as well as to local relevant public and regulatory stakeholders. Great Ecology also assessed the condition of the platform jacket materials, by addressing physical and biological stressors (i.e. corrosion, fatigue, etc.) that could impact platform structural integrity in the local marine environments. Through this evaluation, Great Ecology determined that converting these platforms into reefs would contribute to the overall productivity of the Gulf of Thailand’s marine ecosystems, generating both local and regional socio-economic benefits. Implementing this program in the Gulf of Thailand would not only minimize waste, but would also create artificial habitats for ecosystem rehabilitation.

Great Ecology’s assessment and accompanying graphics aided Chevron, local regulators, operators, scientists, and other Thai stakeholders in their pursuit of developing and approving Thailand's first Rigs-to-Reefs program. More details can be found here. As of January 2020, the Chevron platforms included in Great Ecology’s feasibility study have officially received permits for reefing, making the Gulf of Thailand the third area in the world to have successfully reefed platforms via a Rigs-to-Reefs program.

For future Rigs-to-Reefs projects, Great Ecology maintains a strategic partnership with Blue Latitudes as colleagues and collaborators.