UK team completes 13 well P&A project $36M under budget and 126 days ahead of scheduleDownload PDF
Complete a 13 well major North Sea P&A project
UK Continental Shelf (UKSC)
Halliburton recently completed a complex plug and abandonment (P&A) project in a mature field located in the area of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). After deeming the field no longer economically viable to produce, production was stopped on January 9, 2015.
In January 2017, Halliburton was awarded a contract as lead contractor to provide all P&A services for 13 platform wells.
The well P&A scope was split into three distinct phases. Phase 1, comprising a 13-well platform, was conducted offline where possible, and consisted of performing wireline intervention and fluid pumping operations to confirm well access and injectivity parameters, setting and testing cement retaining bridge plugs for reservoir isolation barriers, displacing wellbore to kill-weight brine, cutting completion tubulars, and installing retrievable suspension barriers for subsequent X-mass tree removal. Phase 2 consisted of all operations required to allow the installation and testing of all reservoir and overburden cement barriers, along with the removal of all required tubulars and control lines. Phase 3 consisted of the removal of multi-string conductor casings and wellheads. This phased approach minimized equipment rental costs, and allowed equipment and personnel levels to be optimized for each phase.
P&A operations can be unpredictable and costly. The operator had no operating income from the asset, so cost efficiencies were imperative. The selection and deployment method for the downhole tools in this P&A campaign had a significant impact on overall P&A costs. The ability to carry out the investigation, plugging, and lubricate operations of Phase 1 in preparation for the X-mass tree removal resulted in project cost savings of USD 11.6 million.
Halliburton provided services from its numerous product service lines (PSLs), subcontractors, and third parties to safely and efficiently complete the P&A of 13 platform wells.
Multi-skilled crews were able to carry out all required services, resulting in significant efficiency, time, and cost improvements. Together with the customer, HPM team evaluated the potential well programs and the timing associated with each stage of operation execution. A specific KPI scheme was agreed to be implemented including a challenging target for execution timing.
Capturing lessons learned and opportunities for improvement, and leveraging experience from previous projects, helped foster an ethos of on continuous improvement.
Tailored cross-trained crews delivered the following services:
Contributing to the overall success of the project were innovative new technologies and processes, including:
Lost-time incidents (LTIs)
Days ahead of schedule
USD saved for the operator
Appointing Halliburton as the lead contractor to coordinate and manage this project vastly simplified the customer’s supply chain management process and allowed the client’s team to streamline its processes and to increase operational efficiencies. The Halliburton team’s ability to work closely with the client and to tailor crews and equipment packages in order to meet the specific and evolving requirements of the project and to implement new technologies were major contributing factors to the project’s overall success. The project was delivered without any lost-time incidents, and was completed 126 days ahead of schedule, saving the operator approximately USD 36 million.