TOPICS OF INTEREST
Decommissioning and Footprint Reduction
When companies are rewarded for short-term performance, there is little incentive to deal with long-term risks such as decommissioning. It’s so much easier to leave it for the future; but increasingly, that future is now.
Cement Placement With Tubing Left in Hole During Plug-and-Abandonment Operations
This paper presents full-scale tests that show it is possible to obtain good cement placement when the tubing is left in the hole.
University Consortium Prepares for Spike in Decommissioning
A new university-led consortium aims to bring together industry and academia to help operators efficiently orchestrate the final days of deepwater developments.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden To Speak at SPE Offshore Europe 2017
Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is to speak at the opening plenary session at SPE Offshore Europe 2017, which is being held in Aberdeen from 5–8 September.
SPE Offshore Europe: BP CEO Bob Dudley to Lead Opening Plenary
CEO Bob Dudley, who calls BP’s UK North Sea business one of its “crown jewels”, will address hundreds of delegates at the opening plenary session at Europe’s foremost exploration and production technical conference and exhibition.
The Looming Market for Abandonment and Decommissioning
As the boom of the 1970s and 1980s makes way for the first tranche of major decommissioning projects, the market for abandonment and decommissioning has grown over the past 5 years. To deliver these projects in a safe and economic way, decommissioning needs to be accepted as a serious challenge.
Decommissioning and Abandonment
Our industry is governed by rules that require cleanup and closure of oil and gas facilities after they cease to produce. Unlike a capital project, decommissioning is not something that you can choose to do or not to do.
Risk-Based Abandonment-Prioritization Strategy for Inactive Subsea Wells
This paper describes how an exploration-and-production company successfully developed and applied a qualitative risk-based abandonment-prioritization strategy for an inventory of inactive subsea wells.
A New Recommended Practice for Fit-for-Purpose Well Abandonment
DNV GL is introducing a new, risk-based recommended practice for performing and qualifying well abandonments titled DNVGL-RP-E103, Risk-Based Abandonment of Offshore Wells.
Concurrent Decommissioning Method Enables Safer, Lower-Cost Process
With regulatory pressure and the cost of decommissioning increasing, many operators are seeking new and better decommissioning methods that could get more work done safely and at a lower cost.
Wireline Method Offers Faster, Cheaper Plugging for Deepwater Wells
A new method for accessing and cementing hard-to-reach spaces around complex offshore wells.
Plasma-Based Tool Facilitates Plugging and Abandonment
This paper presents current advances in the development of a plasma-based milling tool and its use in casing-section milling for P&A.
Miniaturized Coiled-Tubing System Reduces Costs During Pipeline Decommissioning
This paper presents the challenges and obstacles faced in the use of a new technology for the plugging and deoiling of sections of unpiggable flowlines before decommissioning.
Decommissioning and Abandonment
With the current low-oil-price environment, the cost of decommissioning is seen as a key driver for the ongoing economic viability of the basin.
Behind-Pipe-Log-Evaluation Study: Deepwater Subsea Abandonments
Techniques for well-abandonment log evaluations have been studied in the Gulf of Mexico since 2012. The new methods described in this paper consist of adding nuclear sensors to supplement the acoustic measurements and introduce novel processing methods.
Offshore Europe Review: North Sea’s Problems Driving Push For Change
The global industry is feeling the pain of the oil price plunge, but the UK feels it more acutely. Exploration drilling is at rock bottom levels, the offshore UK Continental Shelf is one of the world’s most expensive from which to produce a barrel of oil, and investment spending is expected to fall.
Offshore Europe: Endgame in the North Sea Inspires Creative Thinking
In a down market, plugging and abandoning North Sea wells looks like an opportunity. The cost for operators is reduced because the government is paying more than half of the cost of the work, and many service companies hungry for work are offering discounts.
17 May 2017