Decom authority brings operator perspective to DNS board

Source: press release, 10 May 2021

John Allan, Decommissioning Director at EnQuest, and DNS board member (photo: DNS)
John Allan, Decommissioning Director at EnQuest, and DNS board member (photo: DNS)

John Allan, Decommissioning Director at independent operator, EnQuest, has been announced as the latest industry heavyweight to join Decom North Sea’s Board of Directors.

The only membership organisation dedicated to the oil and gas decommissioning sector, Decom North Sea (DNS) has announced a number of Director appointments during the past six months, all of which are designed to maximise the global decommissioning opportunities available to its membership, in particular those active within the supply chain.

Allan’s current role at EnQuest was preceded by 15 years with CNRI. With the majority of that period spent as Manager of International Development and Decommissioning Projects, he was instrumental in the execution of a number of high-profile decom projects, including Murchison and Ninian North.

Commenting on his appointment, Allan says, “Previous experience and my current day-to-day role have resulted in a personal commitment to drive a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration throughout the late life/decommissioning lifecycle, with a reduction in cost and carbon emissions as the ultimate objective.”

“Early engagement between operator and supplier is key to achieving this goal, and I look forward to facilitating those relationships in my new role; helping provide a clear picture of present and future opportunities, whilst encouraging both the development and adoption of innovative solutions,” he continues.

Chair of DNS Board, Jinda Nelson adds, “John brings an impressive level of operator-led sector experience to our Board. His influence on major decommissioning projects, together with a reputation for outstanding knowledge and pragmatism are recognised on an international level. This, together with his passion to encourage and diversify the next generation of decom professionals will make a significant mark upon our organisation and its members.”

Delegates attending DNS’ Decom Week, 17-21 May, will be able to hear from John Allan as he opens the final day of proceedings, which focuses upon the future of decommissioning. To view the week’s agenda and register, visit