This document summarises the various findings drawn from the review of numerous public domain documents relating to the Shell/Exxon Brent Decommissioning Derogation Application with a view to providing an independent assessment of completeness and compliance of the Derogation proposals with regard to the requirements and intent of the OSPAR Decision 98/3. The review analysed the documentation submitted in January 2019 by the UK government within the OSPAR consultation procedure and, additionally, the underpinning 'support' documentation provided by Shell/Exxon on their website. By reading the supporting documentation first, a clearer picture has been obtained as to what has or has not been done by Shell/Exxon. An independent assessment could then be made of the Decommissioning Programme/Derogation Application documents submitted by OPRED/BEIS.
Additional attention is drawn to the Independent Review Group's Final Report document - which whilst initially appearing to support Shell/Exxon's proposals raises several concerns that remain unresolved. These concerns are generally covered within the sections that follow.