Leading independent wells expert, Elemental Energies, has secured a contract estimated at £10 million with Archer, a provider of drilling, Plug and Abandonment (P&A), and well services to the global energy industry, to support a major decommissioning project, in the UK North Sea. This award will see Elemental Energies expand their already significant in-house P&A team, with a further 10 roles being added.
The agreement between the wells specialist and Archer will see it provide complete abandonment engineering and operational support across multiple platform wells over the next three years. Within the strategic partnership, a multidisciplinary team of onshore and offshore engineers from Elemental Energies will work alongside Archer to lead the detailed abandonment planning and support the operational activity.
Work is underway on the first phase of the project which will involve wireline investigative work followed by a coiled tubing campaign. Engineering of the P&A operations has also started which are set to commence second half in 2024 or early 2025 upon completion of platform preparation scopes.
Kenny Dey, Archer UK’s Managing Director, said: “The combined capability and experience of the Archer and Elemental Energies engineering team is raising the bar for decommissioning projects of this scale and we are pleased to be working in partnership with their expert well engineering, operational and project management teams to deliver this major project.”
Mike Adams, Chief Executive Officer, of Elemental Energies, said: “Our collaboration with Archer is an important milestone as we build on our extensive experience within well decommissioning. By embedding our engineering expertise within Archer we will maximise efficiencies and mitigate risks earlier in the planning and operational phases of the project.
“Efficient and expertly planned well P&A is a cornerstone for successful decommissioning globally and is a critical part of reducing long term emissions from wells. We are passionate about the role that decommissioning plays in the energy transition, and we are proud to be delivering that alongside our partner Archer.”
With over 500 wells abandoned since 1989, Elemental Energies are committed to helping the industry expertly manage the challenges of decommissioning legacy infrastructure, with key partners being pivotal to past and future success.
Following the acquisition of Vysus Senergy Wells, Elemental Energies acquired Norwell Engineering in May 2023 and is expected to announce further acquisitions over the coming 18 months. Elemental Energies is committed to supporting the global energy transition by providing world-leading technical capabilities, placing well engineering at the heart of upstream, decommissioning, and low carbon projects.
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