PEOPLE, PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: New industry guidelines on plugging abandoned oil wells: Aker appoint new MD in Aberdeen

decommissioning oil rigsOil & Gas UK has published the second edition of its guidelines on materials used to plug for abandoned oil wells.

The guidelines are aimed at well-operators, manufacturers and regulators and comprise the current industry expertise on qualifying materials for suspension and well abandonment.

While cement is commonly used to safely seal and permanently abandon wells no longer used for exploration or development, the industry is developing and proposing new barrier materials including polymers, metals, grouts, rock formations and composites.

These guidelines incorporate the latest industry expertise in the process to ensure the proposed material is qualified to perform the envisaged function.


ORE chief appointed as new chairman of International Energy Agency Wind Energy Group

Ignacio Marti – Innovation & Research Director of the Glasgow-based Offshore Renewable Energy agency (ORE) – has been newly elected as the Chairman of the International Energy Agency Wind Energy Group

IEA Wind is a global network of researchers and policy experts focused on advancing wind energy development within the 24 member countries.

Marti said: “This is a critical time for the development of the global wind industry and I am determined that IEA Wind continues to have a hugely significant role in driving forward its further development.  Major international collaborative research and development programmes and activities are more essential than ever to advance wind energy’s vital contribution to global energy security.


BP seals shale deal in China

BP and China’s Huadian Corporation have signed a sale and purchase agreement for BP to sell Huadian up to one million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year – worth up to $10 billion over the next 20 years.

And in an expansion of their ongoing global partnership, BP and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a framework agreement on strategic cooperation covering potential shale gas exploration and production in the Sichuan Basin.


Aker appoint new MD in Aberdeen

Craig Wiggins has been appointed as managing director of Aker Solution’s maintenance, modifications and operations business in the UK. Based in Aberdeen, he will have responsibility for the company’s brownfield engineering capability in the region.

He joins Aker from BP, where his most recent role was focussed on delivering efficiencies within their global upstream business. Previously, Wiggins enjoyed a 30 year oil and gas career with Shell and Petrofac in a number of senior operational and business improvement roles.

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