Well-Safe to decommission up to 21 North Sea wells for DNO

Well-Safe Solutions has been awarded a major contract to decommission up to twenty-one wells on the Schooner and Ketch fields in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea Limited, a subsidiary of DNO ASA.

Bogi Vang, Deputy Country Manager UK & Senior Financial Adviser at DNO North Sea and Phil Milton, CEO at Well-Safe Solutions. Source: Well-Safe

The Schooner and Ketch fields, located in the UK Southern North Sea, ceased production in August 2018, with 20 platform wells and a single subsea well.

Well-Safe said on Tuesday that the project will start immediately with a plan to start offshore operations at the end of 2019. The campaign is expected to last approximately two years.

Phil Milton, chief executive at Well-Safe Solutions said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Well-Safe, allowing us to build a continuous program of work through campaign-based approach and realizing the associated benefits.”

Well-Safe will be responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the project including engineering, contractor management and logistics with DNO retaining well operatorship.

The contract award follows the recent announcement of Well-Safe’s acquisition of its first semi-submersible asset, the Well-Safe Guardian. Namely, Well-Safe in April 2019 agreed with Diamond Offshore to acquire its Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling unit. The company said its plan was to upgrade the semi-submersible, converting it into a bespoke plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.

It is also worth mentioning that DNO has recently been awarded two exploration licenses as operator by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) under the UK’s 31st licensing round.

The two blocks, 12/14 and 12/19, are in the Moray Firth area of the Central North Sea. Prior to the latest awards, DNO held interests in 10 licenses on the UK Continental Shelf.

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