HydraWell to provide P&A services in Norway for Repsol

Gyda platform; Image: Repsol

Spanish oil company Repsol has awarded a frame agreement to HydraWell to provide technology and services for the operator’s plug and abandonment work on the Norwegian continental shelf.

HydraWell said on Wednesday that the frame agreement was awarded by Repsol’s Norwegian subsidiary, Repsol Norge AS.

The company added that the contract was valid for four years with three additional two-year options.

In principle, this means that Repsol can utilize HydraWell’s high pressure PWC (perforate, wash, and cement) jetting system as their technical solution for all its wells that will be plugged and abandoned on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Judging by the comments from HydraWell CEO, Repsol will used HydraWell’s system at the Gyda and the Rev fields. The Gyda field is located in the southern North Sea between Ula and Ekofisk.

It has been developed using an integrated facility with a steel jacket in 66 meters of water.

As for the Rev field, it is located in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, however, the export pipeline and umbilical cross over into the UKCS and connect to Chrysaor’s Armada platform. Repsol has said it plans to cease production at Rev by April 2020.

Mark Sørheim, CEO of HydraWell, said: “Gyda is a significantly sized field with 32 well slots, so we are very thankful to be in position to support Repsol here and at the Rev field with three subsea wells.

“We have installed 232 plugs with the PWC-method worldwide. An increasing number of operators prefer this option to traditional section milling, as it reduces both costs, HSE risks and the environmental footprint of each P&A job.”

To conduct future P&A jobs for Repsol, HydraWell will offer its HydraHemeraTM PWC jetting system, which can install a rock-to-rock barrier in less than two days.

According to HydraWell, plugging offshore wells with conventional methods, such as section milling, takes considerably longer time to complete, and drives the associated P&A costs up significantly.

As previously reported, Repsol in 2017 a awarded a four-year contract for plug and abandonment (P&A) rig operations to Archer, with contract scope including permanent plugging and abandonment of the wells on the Gyda platform.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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