Decommissioning is often understood to mark the end of an energy infrastructure, associated supply network or even an entire industry. The long-term nature of this process for large scale infrastructure offers, however, a strategic opportunity for businesses. The paper argues that pro-industry Scottish business interests have proactively reframed decommissioning oil and gas infrastructure as an investment opportunity, whereas their German counterparts in the nuclear industry have struggled to mobilize a positive reframing of the phase-out. A detailed analysis of eighteen interviews reveals critical insight into how each industry approaches mobilising support for their interests through motivational framing in the decommissioning context. Four key differences between the case studies (materiality, industry trajectories, rise of small business and national political identity) are then identified and reflected upon.

Decommissioning, Energy investment, Energy infrastructure, Oil and gas, Nuclear, Political economy,
Energy Research and Social Science
Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS)

McCauley, D.A. (2018). Reframing Decommissioning as Energy Infrastructural Investment: Exploring resistance framing in Scotland and Germany. Energy Research and Social Science, 41, 32–38. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2018.04.018