Exploration & Production

Simulator to cut North Sea decommissioning costs

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University has launched the world’s first decommissioning simulator. Professor Paul de Leeuw explains how it will help companies Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University has launched the world’s first decommissioning simulator. Professor Paul de Leeuw explains how it will help companies.
By Silvia Favasuli 2 January 2018 0 28920
A platform in the North Sea. (Nexen)

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) launched a decommissioning simulator in December to help oil and gas companies find fast and efficient ways to decommission their wells. With $23 billion expected to be spent on decommissioning around 2,500 North Sea wells, Professor Paul de Leeuw, director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, believes the simulator will be highly beneficial to the industry. 

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