RGU Launches World-First Decommissioning Simulator

RGU Launches World-First Decommissioning Simulator
Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU) launches the world's first decommissioning simulator.

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched the world’s first decommissioning simulator, which will be used to support decommissioning activities in the UK and other parts of the world.

The simulator, which was established in collaboration with funding partners The Oil and Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from BHGE, will focus on well-plugging and abandonment (P&A).

P&A is an area which is forecast to cost the UK more than $10 billion (GBP 8 billion) over the next decade, with around 2,500 wells expected to be decommissioned across the UK, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Continental Shelves.

“By providing this facility at RGU to simulate well decommissioning, we will ultimately be able to enhance safety and reduce the cost of well P&A,” Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, said in an organization statement.

“This has been a collaborative approach between RGU, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag, Drilling Systems and BHGE, all of whom we have worked extremely closely, which has ensured the smooth delivery of this truly innovative facility,” he added.

Malcolm Banks, well construction solution manager at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, said the OGTC is delighted to be co-funding the new facility.

“The Centre is working in partnership with the industry and technology providers to develop new solutions that will revolutionize well construction, increase automation, improve integrity and transform plugging and abandonment,” Banks said.

Rune Lorentzen, KCA Deutag president of offshore and RDS, said the company continually strives to enhance the skills its own personnel, as well as those working across the industry. 

“We are therefore delighted to be partnering with RGU as a centre of excellence to launch this innovative new training simulator,” Lorentzen said.


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