Oil and Gas Authority seeks industry volunteers to collaborate in N. Sea cost-saving decommissioning pilot

The UK Oil and Gas Authority today launches a search for N. Sea operators to voluntarily take part in a multi-operator, oil well plug-and-abandonment pilot exercise.

The aim is to demonstrate the cost-savings which can be achieved through collaborative working, stimulate work-sharing campaigns and adopt improved execution and contracting models.

Those selected will work alongside the OGA and appointed project manager for the selection phase, Lloyd’s Register, to examine the opportunity for a collaborative well P&A programme to be carried out in 2018-19.

Jim Christie, OGA Head of Decommissioning, said: “Targeted cost efficiency programmes, extensive knowledge sharing and best practice adoption is a priority of our decommissioning strategy. We expect that this programme will encourage further collaborative working practices across well P&A scope and into other areas of decommissioning.

 “While estimates of cost, scale and scope vary, there is no doubt that the decommissioning effort facing our basin is significant. We must act now to capitalise on the opportunity it presents for innovation, cost reduction and further development of our skilled supply chain.”

Criteria for interested applicants include;

  • Identified well(s) which fall within the execution window
  • A desire to work collaboratively with the OGA and other operators to minimise costs in an appropriate manner
  • A desire to engage in multi-operator collaboration to test other factors which may reduce costs further than is possible through economies of scale and repeat-ability alone.  Factors may include; technology application, different contracting and business model adoption, regulatory simplification and long term liability management
  • Transparency in the sharing of data and lessons learnt from the project with the wider decommissioning community.

Prospective partners should contact papilot@ogauthority.co.uk by 10 March 2017.

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