Mercury, typically found in high concentrations in hydrocarbons in southeast Asia and South America, has been “popping up” more often in deepwater projects in some areas of the Gulf of Mexico, according to Tim Jenkins, Principal Engineer at PEI.
Oceaneering recently conducted the Gulf of Mexico’s first permitted lower abandonment using resin, project manager Chris Mancini revealed to the 8th Decommissioning and Abandonment Summit in Houston last month.
What lesson can plugging and abandonment take from the latest treatments for coronary heart disease? The answer is that new technology can be inserted into a problem area without affecting other things nearby, according to Debbie McIntosh, head of OTM Consulting’s subsurface and wells practice.
One standard contract to suit all decommissioning projects is probably unattainable, but enough common ground exists between operators and contractors to come close, according to Paul Dean, a partner at international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan.