HydraWell wins P&A technology contract from Centrica


HydraWell has secured a three-year contract to provide plug and abandonment (P&A) technology and services for Centrica North Sea’s ‘A Fields’.

HydraWell will use its HydraHemera high-pressure perf, wash & cement (PWC) jetting system to provide annulus integrity testing under the agreement, as well as perforation, washing and cementing of the fields' annulus and inner bore.

The system can also be used for well plugging and abandonment.

The three-year agreement includes an option for two one-year extensions, and provides Centrica the right to expand the contract to include other assets that are also located on the UK continental shelf.

HydraWell will carry out the works from its office located in Aberdeen, UK.

"It is in the interest of the operator, license partners and British taxpayer that we bring down the cost of plugging and abandonment campaigns."

HydraWell CEO Mark Sørheim said: “It is in the interest of the operator, license partners and British taxpayer that we bring down the cost of plugging and abandonment campaigns, and doing so safely.

“HydraWell’s technology enables plugging of each well in two-three days instead of 10-14 days with conventional section milling methods.

“This means that the operator could save up to 200 rig days on a 20-well field.”

Centrica has previously used HydraWell PWC technology on other offshore fields located in the UK and the Netherlands.

The company has also recently submitted a proposal to the UK authorities to decommission the ‘A Fields’ development, including the  Ann, Audrey, Alison and Annabel fields operated within it.

A total of 23 wells are expected to be plugged and abandoned as part of the decommissioning process.