The Victoria well was drilled in 2006 and tied back to ConocoPhillips’ Viking B production complex via a 4-km (2.5-mi) pipeline. Production ceased in 2016, with the well since disconnected and isolated from the Viking export route ahead of permanent abandonment.
Earlier this year FWM started a new turnkey well operatorship service which provides full lifespan support to operators for oil and gas wells. In May the company took on management of five producers and one suspended well on NEO Energy’s Babbage gas platform, also in the southern North Sea.
FWM managing director Nick Ford said the company was seeing growing demand from companies to outsource management of suspended wells until they are permanently abandoned.
“For our clients, our involvement takes away the burden of managing the wells and transfers the regulatory responsibility, enabling them to focus on their core exploration and production businesses.”
FWM asset and integrity manager Roy Milne added: “Our emergency response teams and incident management facilities are on standby 24/7 and we also carry out the required well status checks, well maintenance and integrity management. This means clients such as NEO Energy can concentrate their in-house resources on managing their productive wells, and drilling for new ones.”
The Victoria well has been fully integrated into FWM’s well integrity management system, including transfer of data and compliance verification to UK regulatory requirements.