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As part of the early decommissioning works in Bass Strait, Esso Australia’s wells team is moving to the next stage of plug and abandonment work, applying key learnings from the recently completed conductor removal operations on Kingfish B and Mackerel.

Following its successful work at Kingfish B, Rig 22 will now be utilised for plug and abandonment activities at the non-producing platform, Flounder.

“The professional crew deployed with Rig 22 safely and efficiently completed operations at Kingfish B. The results proved the combination of our capable workforce and the refurbished Rig 22 can deliver world class performance for plug and abandonments,” said Wells Operations Superintendent, Ryan Turton.

“We now have a long programme ahead, and we are excited to further optimise our processes and continue to responsibly meet our plug and abandonment obligations.”

The team is also preparing for the arrival of the DOF Multi-Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV) Skandi Darwin, which is arriving at the Barry Beach Marine Terminal early August.

“One of the MPSV’s first tasks will be to support works at our steel gravity based monotowers, Dolphin and Perch,” said Matt Barney, Marine Field Superintendent.

The MPSV provides a floating support asset that will allow the complete abandonment operations on our non-producing facilities which do not have accommodation based on them.

“The MPSV hosts the workforce and means we don’t have to fly workers in and out of the area each day,” said Matt.

“We’re excited to start utilising the MPSV to expand our capabilities and adopt new technology to identify efficiencies, while ensuring the work can be completed safely.”