Our Maritime Business Magazines


Platform well conductor removal opportunity

Opportunity North East (ONE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) have jointly developed a Decommissioning Programme to assist the oil and gas supply chain maximise emerging opportunities in offshore decommissioning. The Programme has identified several decommissioning opportunities with oil and gas operators.

Supply chain companies across Scotland are invited to propose innovative and creative solutions based on existing technology in response to specific opportunities in order to improve efficiency and reduce cost and safety risk in an environmentally responsible manner. Platform Well Conductor removal vertically via the pin and cut method (either by platform equipment or by heavy lift) is an established method. However, technical challenges exist with the integrity of casings and grout bonding, changes (repairs, support shims etc.), access and connector design and supports. Non-rig based solutions are also of interest. Operators, including EnQuest, are looking for examples of proven successes and also for new innovative (technical and commercial) solutions and efficiency gains to this particular cost challenge. Solutions should be carried out in a safe and environmentally diligent manner, while considering the requirements of access and platform support systems and facilities.

This challenge is therefore consistent across the vast majority of fixed well production platforms and is of interest to all of the fifteen operators participating in the ONE and SE Decommissioning Programme. Propositions received will be reviewed in confidence by an industry panel, with successful applicants being selected to pitch to a number of operator companies. Support will be provided to selected organisations throughout the process, including one-to-one support to build the business case and to develop the operator pitch as well as targeted business support. If a proposition highlights a requirement for a partner(s) in order to provide a comprehensive solution, this dialogue will be encouraged and, if required, facilitated by ONE. The opportunity seeks to give successful applicants a range of benefits including access to, and feedback from, end-user operators, improved understanding of operator needs, improved business cases and business development support. Operator sponsors will gain access to targeted solutions focused on their operational challenges and may potentially pursue further dialogue with applicants. The deadline for applications is 17:00 BST, 29 May 2020.