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Thomas V Saue

The Challenge

AGR were awarded the contract for a major multi-well decommissioning campaign offshore Ireland required a full Well Management project team, capable of delivering complex and challenging large-scale well abandonment operations.

AGR resourced and engaged the team for both the onshore planning and engineering and the decommissioning of 14 platform wells across two platforms and 10 subsea wells in a three-phase campaign. Our remit included the abandonment design, engineering, supply chain, regulatory compliance, planning and execution of the wells.

Given the project was based in Ireland AGR were responsible for ensuring a full tax compliance system was put in place with all personnel and that this was communicated and understood by all the personnel working in Ireland.

The Strategy

AGR utilised our Consultancy Delivery Process to assess the requirements, identify and source personnel. The purpose of this Process is to define and standardise the engagement process ensuring a competent and systematic approach is adopted for resourcing projects that ensures that only the moat suitably experienced, trained and competent personnel were contracted for the project. Consultants were selected from four main areas for the project requirements;

  • Associate Consultants: regularly contracted by AGR for project work-scopes, the associates are previous AGR employees who now provide their expertise on a contract basis and have a long history of working with AGR and utilising AGR processes and procedures
  • Previously utilised consultants (Repeat): a high number of repeat placement candidates have worked on several projects for AGR both internally and externally. The repeat placement of these candidates ensures continuity in our operations.
  • Active list of Available consultants: AGR has an active list of more than 1200 Contractors globally that are assessed against upcoming work requirements and selected based on their specific expertise of the assignment.
  • Search and Selection Campaign: AGR Consultancy Services has a bespoke, global, real-time database developed over many years which holds over 7000 consultants that we would utilise to search and select for those that meet the skills, experience, location and availability requirements required to deliver the project(s).

AGR Consultancy provided the Full project team comprising of 19 personnel including the following roles:

Onshore Offshore
Drilling Superintendent Abandonment Supervisor’s – Day and Night
Drilling Engineer’s Well Services Supervisor’s
Completions Engineer Subsea Engineers
Well Services Engineer Drilling Material Co-coordinators
Subsea Engineer’s
Logistics Co-ordinator

Fully tax compliant system was put in place that ensured Irish registration for all limited company contractors and that the appropriate tax deductions were made.

The platform work scope is now complete without any QHSE incidents and ahead of time and below budget.

The subsea well decommissioning scope is ongoing as of July 2021.