Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes, or to take arms against a sea of troubles. The dilemma Hamlet faced in the 1600s is strikingly similar to the one faced today by oil and gas companies, regulators, policy-makers and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) when it comes to decommissioning offshore oil and gas installations at the end of their operational lifetimes. There is no doubt that the ‘outrageous fortune’ generated by oil and gas firms sustains the economy, drives industry and fuels technological progress, but what happens after reserves are spent and the ‘sea of troubles’ manifest themselves potentially as environmental consequences thereafter?

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