OGA publishes strategy for North Sea well performance

July 30, 2019

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has published a Wells Strategy outlining how it plans to work with industry increase activity and improve performance of UK North Sea wells.

There are three main areas of focus covering:

• Regulatory compliance to MER [Maximise Economic Resources] UK, license conditions, and data reporting and retention obligations

• Business processes to increase well activity (well construction and intervention) to find and deliver the significant potential resources from the UK continental shelf

• Performance improvement of all activities throughout the well value cycle, from design to well decommissioning, plug and abandonment – to reduce costs and improve recovery.

Gunther Newcombe, the OGA’s operations director, said: “There is a requirement for a step change in increasing new well activity and performance and a requirement to improve management of existing well-stock.

“The wells strategy coupled with a new stewardship expectation, which was published early this month, will provide industry with both a strategic and stewardship framework.”

Steve Phimister, MD Shell UK and champion of the Competitive Well Delivery Task Force added: “OGUK’s Competitive Well Delivery initiative is driving improvements in operational performance and increasing wells activity to unlock more barrels from the UKCS.”

Katy Heidenreich, operations optimisation manager at industry association Oil & Gas UK, said: “We’re seeing great uptake of wells initiatives from companies across the basin. These include tackling the causes of NPT and applying ‘right scoping’ guidelines from exploration through to well decommissioning.”