Apache signs up to Well-Safe North Sea P&A service

Feb. 15, 2023
Well-Safe Solutions will deploy two of its decommissioning rigs for the program.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK  Apache Corp. has awarded Well-Safe Solutions a multi-year framework agreement to decommission its wells in the UK North Sea, under Well-Safe’s Plug and Abandonment (P&A) Club service.

The company will deploy its decommissioning rigs Well-Safe Defender and Well-Safe Guardian for the program.

Under a separate arrangement, Apache has secured a slot for Well-Safe to P&A UK subsea wells from 2024 onward under a continuous campaign.

Chris Hay, director of strategy and business development with Well-Safe, said the terms give Apache “the flexibility to book their wells into our campaigns when required. Our multi-well, multi-operator P&A Clubs give our clients cost certainty and leverage the cumulative experience gained by our specialist decommissioning teams on both assets [rigs] across hundreds of wells to date. This ‘learning curve’ of knowledge, built up through our exclusive focus on well decommissioning operations, enables clients to reap the benefits of scope aggregation when adding a number of wells—or even a single well—to a campaign.”

Last December, Well-Safe Protectormobilized for a program for Ithaca Energy following a well P&A refit. On completion, the rig will start its next scope later this year for Neptune Energy.