Proserv to Provide Abandonment, Removal Services for GOM's Vermillion

Proserv Energy has been contracted to provide complete turnkey services for the abandonment and removal of St. Mary Land & Exploration's Gulf of Mexico Vermillion area platform, pipelines and wells destroyed during Hurricane Ike.

Proserv Energy was awarded the project because of its abilities to assume asset ownership, and the risk and responsibilities for planning, project management, budgeting, expenses and project execution within timelines approved by the Mineral Management Service said Ron Twachtman, president of Proserv Energy.

According to Twachtman, the contract results from the company's marketing strategy introduced earlier this year to give operators a risk-free alternative for removing non-producing assets thus freeing up operating capital and lines of credit.

"We assume the responsibility. The operator gets closure and certainty knowing with confidence that we fully accept P&A and decommissioning liability," said Twachtman.

P&A work begins summer 2009 with completion expected by year end.