Decommissioning Simulator


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Project summary

Robert Gordon University, in collaboration with funding partners the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company, established the simulator to focus on well-plugging and abandonment. The simulator and the associated software is a world-first and will be used to support decommissioning activities in the UK and other parts of the world.

The Drilling Simulator was installed to provide onshore rig simulation facilities for research and commercial use for decommissioning activities. This is now enabling crew training prior to offshore execution, software development and new tool deployment simulation, increasing offshore operational efficiency, as well as accelerating new tool and software development.

Field trial


Economic value

  • Enhance production efficiency

Non-economic value

  • Risk reduction

Project successful

  • No