The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has launched a search for operators to voluntarily participate in a multi-operator, well plug and abandonment (P&A) optimisation programme.
The objective of the pilot programme 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 (LR), to examine the opportunity for a collaborative well P&A programme to be executed 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.”