Region: North Sea
Content Types: Report
Date: Sept, 2023

 Adobe Stock offshore UK North Sea

Elemental Energies, an independent wells expert, has won a UK£10mn contract with Archer, a provider of drilling, P&A and well services, to help support a major decommissioning project in the UK North Sea.

As per the agreement, Elemental will provide complete abandonment engineering and operational support across multiple platform wells over three years. To fulfil the contract, Elemental will expand its in-house P&A team with a further 10 roles and these will help make up a multidisciplinary team of onshore and offshore engineers. This team will work alongside Archer personnel to lead abandonment planning and will support the operational activity.

Kenny Dey, Archer UK’s Managing Director, remarked, “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.”

The first phase of the project will include wireline investigative work and a coiled tubing campaign. Work is already underway for this, alongside engineering of the P&A operations which are set to commence in H2 of 2024 or in 2025.

Mike Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Elemental Energies, surmised, “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.”