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Permanent Plug and Abandon of a Subsea Well With Obstructed Well Access: A Success Story

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Mikolaj Stanislawek

Statoil ASA, Stjørdal, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2018-78532, pp. V008T11A072; 7 pages
  • ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 8: Polar and Arctic Sciences and Technology; Petroleum Technology
  • Madrid, Spain, June 17–22, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5129-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Permanent Plug and Abandon (PP&A) operations of the existing production and exploration wells continue to have a higher focus in drilling and well operations for Oil & Gas Companies. It is expected that they will play an important role in the future, and their further optimization and simplification is even more important. This paper describes a successful approach and execution of a challenging Permanent Plug and Abandon operation of a subsea well in the Norwegian Sea by Statoil.

A subsea well at over 350 m water depth was being drilled, when a casing running tool was stuck at the subsea wellhead when running an intermediate casing string. This led to a temporary well abandonment, before permanent P&A operations could be resumed at a later stage. Several concepts and contingency scenarios were evaluated and risk assessed in the planning phase, which required implementation of nonstandard and innovative P&A solutions and equipment. They were developed in the planning phase and reviewed with planning and execution teams, and tested before the operational start-up. Main P&A operational goals were established in the planning phase, and successfully implemented during the operations: 1) well control — confirm there is no gas and no well control risk in the well before resuming P&A operations, 2) gain access to the well by retrieving stuck tool from subsea wellhead, and 3) establish permanent P&A barriers in the well.

Both planning and execution of this operation is described in this paper, which includes main planned operations, and also a strategical approach with several contingency scenarios prepared in order to be able to P&A this well permanently.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME



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