Oil & Gas UK’s Wells Forum was established in 2010 to give senior wells managers an arena for discussing issues of common interest and sharing good practice. Together with industry, the Wells Forum comprises relevant stakeholders including the Competent Authority, the HSE, the Oil & Gas Authority and the UK’s Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED).
The Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) Wells Forum aims to:
The Forum is open to senior wells managers with responsibility for any well construction and management, well intervention, or well decommissioning operations.
This focus area includes maintaining OGUK’s world-class suite of wells guidelines, along with addressing emerging issues related to safety and environmental and operational risks. These are available from OGUK’s Guidelines.
Drilling activity on the UKCS has been at low levels in recent years, with intervention needed to extend the life of the basin. The Competitive Well Delivery initiative aims to improve the competitiveness of wells activity in the UKCS by achieving a lower, sustainable cost of drilling, with low cost variance, and increased value – to unlock more barrel-adding opportunities.
In 2018 this initiative resulted in the publication of the Guidelines for the Right-Scoping of Wells. These guidelines aim to help well-operators develop the minimum required scope for their well designs, based on benchmarking, target setting, and a multi-disciplinary team approach. The Right Scoping guidelines may be applied to new well construction activity and also well interventions and well decommissioning activity.
Access the guidelines here.
In recognition of the steady growth of UKCS decommissioning alongside exploration and production, OGUK has established a Well Decommissioning Operator Network to bring together industry specialists and other stakeholders,OGUK forums and regulators to discuss cross-industry issues.
The Reservoir & Wells Optimisation (RWO) initiative focuses on maximising production from existing well stock. The initiative takes direction from the Oil and Gas Authority’s Asset Stewardship Task Force, but links to the Wells Forum. Work areas include:
OGUK’s annual Wells Conference offers an ideal arena for delegates to learn, network and discuss the challenges of delivering drilling competitively to maximise economic recovery of oil and gas from the UKCS.
Further details of the 2019 conference will be available in due course.
To get involved or find out more about the Forum, contact the Upstream Policy Team
Access our Guidelines