Excellent Halliburton operating performance saves two days per wellDownload PDF
Execute P&A operations on 7 offshore wells in challenging environment
Gulf of Mexico, USA
An independent operator in the Gulf of Mexico with a significant number of platform wells for abandonment selected Halliburton as a service provider to complete a plug and abandonment (P&A) campaign on seven wells. The wells were located at a close proximity to each other on small offshore wellhead platforms. Halliburton proposed an integrated P&A package and a multiskilled crew as the best solution to achieve this goal.
Leveraging the Halliburton Project Management (HPM) “4P” framework (People, Processes, Platforms, and Partners) was the key to improve operational efficiencies and to reduce days per well. The HPM team began its work with a coordinated effort focused on understanding and planning a work program for this new customer.
During execution, the HPM team provided all the services (including cementing, pumping, slickline, and e-line services) in order to optimize the project delivery timeline. This proactive collaboration with the customer enabled Halliburton to deliver each well two days ahead of plan.
One of the main challenges Halliburton faced was the safe and efficient mobilization of the well intervention equipment via a support liftboat. Since these wells were located on very small offshore wellhead platforms, the risks associated with conducting well P&A operations while utilizing a liftboat were much higher compared to working with larger platforms. These risks and challenges included:
Given the sensitive nature of the worksite and the potential for incidents on a liftboat and a smaller platform, Halliburton treated possible health, safety, and environmental (HSE) exposure with the expected due diligence – thus driving the implementation of scope-specific HSE policies through job safety analyses and a Stop Work Authority directive, among other initiatives.
A key challenge from the customer was to optimize resources and provide suitable solutions in order to accelerate project efficiency.
During execution, in collaboration with the customer and subcontractors, the Halliburton project team optimized the work methods and adjusted the sequence of rig-up events and in-well services to the liftboat space and interface operations in order to address challenges associated with:
feet of casing & tubing was cut and pulled on each well
days saved per well on average
recorded NPT or HSE incidents
successfully plugged wells
The Halliburton team safely and efficiently completed the project well ahead of schedule, under budget, and with zero HSE incidents and non-productive time (NPT).
The proactive collaboration and alignment of all parties contributed to the efficiencies gained in this project, enabling the operation to be delivered an average of two days ahead of schedule per well. This outcome was achieved despite demobilizations for five hurricanes.
The Halliburton team’s ability to work closely with the client to determine scope-specific solutions and to implement technologies for increasing efficiencies were contributing factors to the project’s success.
Overall, the Halliburton crew cut and pulled an average of 2,400 feet (731.5 meters) of casing and tubing on each well, and pumped 24 cement jobs with successful tests on all, which is equivalent to 3,800 sacks of cement being pumped downhole. This positive project delivery has allowed Halliburton to gain further experience in the Gulf of Mexico market and to become a leader in the P&A sector.