Well Abandonment: Q&A with Weatherford International

Rigzone: Some figures in the well abandonment sector think that how producers handle the scheduling of wells earmarked for abandonment is a key issue. What problems need to be addressed when it comes to scheduling?

Olstad: Well abandonment operations are an integral and inevitable component to the total lifecycle of a well. The planning phase associated with installing a well should factor in the steps necessary to abandon the wells. Planning will help reduce the overall cost and increase operational efficiencies associated with well abandonment.

Rigzone: How are service companies – such as Weatherford – working with the operators to best achieve well abandonment in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way?

Olstad: Weatherford works closely with the operators to develop specific procedures that work best for each project including individual well configurations. We also look for new technologies and methods that can reduce the costs of operations through greater efficiencies.

Rigzone: And how are different disciplines within oil services companies and at the operators working together on well abandonment activities?

Olstad: Well abandonment requires a large variety of equipment and services. We are able to provide a single source for all operational needs by grouping multiple product lines into an integrated service package.


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