PEOPLE, PROJECTS & TECHNOLOGY: Coretrax cleans up with pioneering decommissioning contract for Hess

A Coretrax technician at work
A Coretrax technician at work

Well clean-up and abandonment specialist Coretrax has successfully completed a three year decommissioning contract with global operator Hess Corporation for the first designated abandonment campaign of its kind.

The project – which began in 2012 –  comprised 30 well abandonments at the FFFA and IVRR fields in the North Sea.

As part of this abandonment campaign, Coretrax successfully ran 45 bridge plugs and cement retainers, including some with a drillable brush.

Due to extensive section milling operations required, Coretrax provided its BOP cleaning and swarf recovery string to remove swarf from ram cavities and protect the blow-out preventer (BOP). In some cases up to 40kgs of swarf was recovered per run.

John Fraser, global business development director of Coretrax, said: “At a time when decommissioning is climbing the agenda within the oil and gas industry, we really valued the opportunity to be part of this successful collaboration with Hess and its contracted partners.

“As part of the project we ran the blow out preventer magnet and jetting sub up to three times after over 30 milling operations and there was virtually no swarf within the cavities, which gave the entire team the confidence to progress to the next stage immediately. Our products were highly successful, and none of our cement plugs had to be re-set. 

“As abandonment continues to be a costly and lengthy process, the utilisation of products that offer cost and time efficiency as well as safety benefits, are imperative for efficient and effective decommissioning operations.”


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