Energy Voice | Tullow says North Sea well plugging ‘going to plan’

UK firm Tullow Oil said today that well plugging and abandonment operations on its remaining North Sea wells were “progressing to plan”.

Tullow, which is primarily focused on Africa, plans to decommission up to 10 operated wells in the UK continental shelf in 2018.

Its gas production in the first half of 2018 was expected to average 2,700 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day net.

Full-year output should come to 1,900 boe per day.

Tullow’s decommissioning plans for the Horne and Wren platform, Wissey and Orwell subsea installations and the connecting pipelines and umbilicals within the Thames Area Complex received approval in 2015.

That same year, the first phase of Thames Area decommissioning was completed.

In March 2017, the second phase of the Horne and Wren decommissioning project was completed with the successful removal of the unmanned platform.

Tullow first entered the UK offshore exploration, development and production arena in 2000, when it acquired a significant number of southern North Sea gas assets from BP.

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