Definition - What does Rigs-To-Reef Program mean?
Rigs-to-Reef Program is a practice that converts decommissioned offshore petroleum rigs into artificial reefs. The program is undertaken in three main areas – Malaysia, Brunei and the United States. It was started by Minerals Management Service but is owned and run by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the US Department. The platform is commonly used by fishermen and regulators in the Gulf of Mexico to develop coral reefs. As of 2015, 421 oil platforms and 10% of decommissioned platforms were already converted into permanent reefs.
Petropedia explains Rigs-To-Reef Program
The Rigs-to-Reef Program was initiated to benefit marine life by enhancing their fish habitat around various oil and natural gas platforms. During the decommissioning process, the oil well is capped, and the upper portion of the well is either toppled on the place or removed. Before taking any further step, the policy is approved by the Army Corporation of Engineers. The program continues to the reservoirs present beneath them and provides oil at a favorable rate. It is important as it can recognize the rigs productive years beforehand thus can save marine life and encourage future growth.