Nexstep-participation in SWIPA conference Trondheim (13-14 March)

Nexstep was invited by SWIPA (Centre for Subsurface Well Integrity, Plugging and Abandonment) to present the approach and learnings on the recently completed Joint Campaign for Mud Line Suspended (MLS) wells and the Through Tubing Cementation (TTC) technology qualification. Both presentations were well received.

Terje Aasland, the Norwegian Minister of Energy, opened the conference and emphasised the importance of technology development and collaboration to reduce the significant future decommissioning cost for Norway. This is very much aligned with the mission of Nexstep, as national platform for Re-use and Decommissioning in the Netherlands.

The conference provided good insight in on-going Norwegian research initiatives and new technology developments, aimed at reducing cost in the closure of wells by 50%. The event attracted 75 participants from universities, research institutes, suppliers, oil companies and authorities. It clearly showed the strengthening of international collaboration across the North Sea region and further afield to Brazil, Canada and Australia.

SWIPA (Subsurface Well Integrity Plugging and Abandonment) is a centre for research-based innovation, appointed by the Norwegian Research Council. SWIPA aims to obtain a scientific understanding of the permanent dismantling of production wells and to promote innovative design methodologies.

For more information, please refer to:
Summary MLS joint campaign
PowerPoint presentation (pdf) MLS joint campaign
Summary TTC technology qualification
PowerPoint presentation (pdf) TTC technology qualification