Fossil Energy – Decommissioning
Following the completion of plug and abandonment (P&A) specific upgrades, the Well-Safe Solutions-owned semisubmersible Well-Safe Defender is heading out to the UK North Sea to carry out a P&A campaign for Spirit Energy.
Well-Safe Solutions bought the rig, previously known as WilPhoenix, from Awilco Drilling last year, increasing its decommissioning fleet to three units.
The new owner took delivery of the unit in June 2022 and secured a new contract with Spirit Energy in July 2022.
The contract covers 14 wells on the Trees and Chestnut fields over approximately 250 days. The work was previously supposed to start in March 2023 after the rig completes a host of efficiency enhancements as part of its integration into the business as well as the completion of its recertification.
Now, less than a year after being accepted into the fleet, the unit has been mobilised from Invergordon for the contract with Spirit Energy, which will be its first job as a specialised decommissioning unit. The rig is expected to arrive on 14 April 2023 and it will initially be at the 18/19z well location.