Oil & Gas UK has updated its guidelines for the abandonment of wells on the UK continental shelf.

Operations director Oonagh Werngren said: “Oil & Gas UK developed this fifth issue of the guidelines with well-operators from member companies and other stakeholders to clarify good practice…

“As the sector steps up its effort to tackle its cost base and improve efficiency, the guidelines on well abandonment cost estimation provide industry with a common framework in which to generate more consistent and complete cost estimates.

“Oil & Gas UK has now produced nine separate guidelines on aspects of well operations including competency, relief well planning and blow out prevention, to outline good practice to improve safety and performance throughout the life cycle of wells. In producing the guidelines, Oil & Gas UK’s intention is to provide guidance, rather than standards, to support the regulations and associated advice issued by the regulator.”