Oil & Gas UK Publishes Updated Well Operation Guidelines

Oil & Gas UK has published updated guidelines to help well-operators comply more effectively with regulations and improve cross industry understanding of well-related issues on the UK continental shelf.

The UK offshore oil and gas industry body’s latest publication includes guidelines on the qualification of materials for the abandonment of wells, following the industry’s push to develop new barrier structures. Oil & Gas UK has published more than thirty peer-reviewed guidelines for the oil and gas sector.

Oonagh Werngren, Oil & Gas UK’s operations director, commented in an organization statement:

“These guidelines, aimed at well-operators, manufacturers and regulators, 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.

“The industry requires that all new materials proposed for deployment in well abandonment fulfil certain criteria throughout the sequence of phases from development, qualification, production, storage, transport and installation. These guidelines incorporate the latest industry expertise in the process to ensure the proposed material is qualified to perform the envisaged function.

“This document is an excellent example of what can be achieved through co-operative work across the industry. It demonstrates the commitment of Oil & Gas UK’s wells forum to continually reviewing and improving safety and performance in all aspects of well practices.”

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