The Well Decommissioning Collaboration Initiative
We’re accelerating the pace at which well decommissioning technology is qualified and commercialised to reach the industry target of a minimum of 35% cost reduction and 50% emissions reduction in well decommissioning by 2035.
The Well Decommissioning Collaboration Initiative has been established by the Net Zero Technology Centre and actively supported by the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) to support these targets.
Financial investment from the operator consortium enables new technologies to be trialled and tested in multi-operator collaboration field trials, enabling faster, lower-cost and wider industry adoption.
A total of up to £1.5 million annual funding is available to support field trials and test innovative well decommissioning technology ideas.
The multi-operator led initiative will fund up to five technologies per year and support a minimum of three field trials for each technology. The goal is to have a minimum of six technologies successfully qualified and adopted by year four of the collaboration.
Three technology focus areas have been identified by the consortium partners:
- Alternative Barrier Materials
- Inspection & Verification Technology
- Well Decommissioning Enabling Technology
Harbour Energy, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, Spirit Energy and ConocoPhillips are members of the collaboration consortium.
We are actively seeking further support to deliver solutions to the well decommissioning challenges identified by industry. If you are an operators interested in joining the collaboration, please get in touch.
Conoco Phillips (Limited)
ConocoPhillips is committed to the efficient and effective exploration and production of oil and natural gas. Producing oil and natural gas and getting them to market takes ingenuity, technology and investment. Our innovative, collaborative efforts yield products that improve quality of life globally while producing economic benefits with far-reaching influence.
Harbour Energy is a self-sustaining full cycle E&P company, with a portfolio of assets balancing near term development with production growth, combined with significant gearing to appraisal and exploration success. We are focused on generating superior equity returns by developing and commercialising oil and gas incremental resources.
Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Ltd
We are an organisation committed to safe, sustained, cost-effective production and to responsible stewardship of a mature North Sea operating portfolio.
At Spirit Energy, we are energised by this pressing need to rethink the way we operate. Today, our team of more than 700 people is committed to the development of oil and gas reserves in Europe, overseeing production of 50million barrels of oil equivalent per year while working out how to tap into reserves and resources in the pipeline amounting to more than 600million barrels.