NPD calls for second thoughts on offshore well plugging

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is concerned at plans to plug wells as a means of keeping drilling rigs active offshore Norway.

NPD says it would prefer the industry to harness available rig capacity to drill profitable new wells and to re-use existing wells to counter declining production from some fields.

Any decisions concerning potential plugging should be well-reasoned and taking into account the long-term picture, it adds.

NPD’s figures suggest around 2,200 wellbores are in use on producing fields offshore Norway to produce oil and gas or to inject water and gas in order to achieve optimal drainage of reservoirs.

Around 40-50 wells are due to be plugged annually in the sector over the next few years, most from fixed offshore facilities.


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