Operator-backed plasma milling to make North Sea debut in 2017

Jun 25, 2015

A revolutionary technology by GA drilling can cut the time required for section milling from 12 days to several hours and is to undergo full-scale...

Baker Hughes improves casing removal, milling tools amid rising P&A activity

May 27, 2015

Baker Hughes has been improving its technology for cutting and pulling well casing in preparation for a growth in decommissioning activity, Bart...

US' Versabar develops larger lifting unit for global market

Apr 29, 2015

Versabar, the New Orleans-based heavy lifting company, is in preliminary talks with operators to build a larger version of the VB 10,000 heavy...


UKCS activity rises, Technip bags GoM contract, OIS seals 10-well North Sea deal

Jun 23, 2015

A selection of news from the last month.

Global experts to tackle “solid strategies amid uncertain times” at Well Integrity and Abandonment Conference

Jun 2, 2015

Global well intervention specialist Welltec will present its new annular barrier technology, which it claims removes the need for cement, at the...

Shell consults early on toxic Brent field bases: project chief

Apr 29, 2015

Shell is analysing the waste held in the Gravity Base Structures of the Brent platform and has not fully ruled out a removal of the GBS units, Duncan...

Executive Viewpoint

Club decommissioning could cut P&A costs by 40%: Marathon Oil

May 26, 2015

Operators could slash Plugging and Abandonment costs for subsea wells by between 30% and 40% if they are willing to take a fully collaborative...

The North Sea is no closer to rigs-to-reef

Apr 10, 2015

On the 20th anniversary of Greenpeace’s campaign against the sinking of the Brent Spar platform, the oil and gas industry in the North Sea is still...

ConocoPhillips calls for the development of “revolutionary” technologies

Mar 27, 2015

Operators such as ConocoPhillips are looking outside of the industry for “revolutionary” technologies that are able to slash costs when it comes to...


BG Group flags well integrity as ‘function-critical role’

Jun 24, 2015

BG Group has simplified numerous well engineering standards into one and removed organisational barriers between well integrity and production...

US Rigs-to-Reefs donations set to hike as deeper projects eye savings

May 26, 2015

Donations from operators to US States running Rigs-to-Reefs programs will surge when more deep-water decommissioning projects participate in the cost...

UK operators and taxpayers can save in the long run

Apr 10, 2015

Coupled with falling oil prices, decommissioning costs in the North Sea are coming up above the original budget. This puts operators with oil and gas...

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