Projects

Project

Robert Gordon University - Decommissioning Simulator

Technology Organisation

Robert Gordon University

TechX partner - Behavioural change TechX contact - Rhona Flin

http://www.rgu.ac.uk/

Robert Gordon University - Decommissioning Simulator

Project summary

Robert Gordon University, in collaboration with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company, established a training simulator for 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.

It was initially 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.

Challenge

Wells

Vision

Fix Today

Entry TRL

6

Field Trial

No

Technology

Decom Simulator

Type

Develop

Target TRL

8

Potential Industry Value

This simulator could improve the efficiency of abandonment operations across the UKCS through improving pre-planning and crew awareness.   This would reduce time spent on delivering P&A by around 10-20%, for approximately 10% of the UKCS 1,400 wells (over 10 years).
This equates to approximately 2-5 days per well, at £200,000 per day, or approximately £600,000 per well.