We have a new website go to gov.scot


This content is not being updated. You can find the latest Scottish Government information on oil and gas on https://www.gov.scot

Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF)

The Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF)

The Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF) was announced by the First Minister on the 8th February 2017 and ran for two successful calls in 2017.  

The Scottish Government are committed to enhancing the capability of the Scottish supply chain, with funding and assistance available for projects that will contribute to making Scotland a world leader in decommissioning.  The DCF reopens in 2018 and includes capital and resource funding, and widens its scope of projects with support now also available for business development.   The call will close on the 28th September.

The budget for the DCF in 2018 will reflect the projects coming forward.  Our ambition is to match the £5 million successfully awarded last year; however, there is flexibility for this to increase if demand is demonstrated.

The DCF can support infrastructure upgrades and innovation in retrieval and transportation methods at ports and harbours, as well as supply chain projects that will strengthen Scottish decommissioning capabilities and capacities, and projects that will develop high quality and comprehensive investment grade business proposals for decommissioning.

The DCF can support engineering scoping work at key sites to build business cases and feasibility studies that will help to attract private investment. The DCF aligns with, and supports, cost reduction efforts related to retrieval and disposal activities, with the aim of enhancing the Scottish onshore decommissioning market. 

The DCF complements existing Scottish supply chain success in securing contracts for certain aspects of high-value decommissioning work, including well plugging and abandonment.  It also supports the Decommissioning Action Plan, launched by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise in 2016, to help Scotland's oil and gas sector make the most of decommissioning opportunities at home and abroad.   

The DCF is supported by DCF Partners, drawn from the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Island Enterprise, who help to develop proposals into fundable projects.

Applying to the DCF

Request an application form here. Guidance on eligibility and the application process is here.

Further Information and Contact

If you are looking for further information on the DCF please contact DCF@gov.scot.  Details of projects and work funded in 2017/18 can be found here.


Allocation of a grant award to a project is based on the availability of funding, and the degree to which the project matches the criteria as set out at application stage.  Projects must also ensure and demonstrate that they meet the DCF eligibility criteria before applying for funding.

It is expected that information about supported projects will be shared as required on a confidential basis between the partners without affecting applicants' commercial sensitivity.