OSLO, Norway – AGR has started decommissioning of gas wells offshore southern Ireland for PSE Kinsale Energy.
PSE, a subsidiary of Petronas, operates the associated fields in the Kinsale Area of the Celtic Sea, 50 km (31 mi) south of Cork.
AGR’s team in Aberdeen is overseeing planning and decommissioning of 14 platform wells and 10 subsea wells during the two-phase campaign.
Gas production started from the area in 1978, under original operator Marathon Oil, before ceasing in July 2019.
Offshore operations are under way from the Kinsale Alpha platform, with the program due to extend to the nearby Kinsale Bravo platform over the coming months.
According to AGR, Phase 1 of operations on the Alpha platform have been completed. The team is currently preparing for Phase 2 and has begun mobilization of a hydraulic workover unit and associated equipment and services, which will be used to permanently plug the wells.
AGR was awarded the well decommissioning services contract in 2018. The scope of work includes planning, engineering, regulatory approvals, supply chain, logistics and management and supervision of offshore operations.
The company expects to complete the platform well decommissioning by mid-2021, with the semisubmersible Stena Spey mobilizing next April to the Celtic Sea for the subsea well decommissioning.
AGR’s overall responsibilities include managing the abandonment design, supply chain, regulatory compliance, planning and execution of the well decommissioning.