OGA publishes strategy for North Sea well performance

The Wells Strategy outlines how the OGA plans to work with industry increase activity and improve performance of UK North Sea wells.
The Wells Strategy outlines how the OGA plans to work with industry increase activity and improve performance of UK North Sea wells.
Oil and Gas Authority

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.”

07/30/2019

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