Aberdeen based oil & gas firm, Oil States, has been awarded over £80k from The Scottish Government to develop innovative technologies for Well Plug & Abandonment (P&A).

The funding, which has been granted as part of the Scottish Government’s Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF), will be used to develop innovations that will improve time efficiencies and introduce cost savings to the industry. 

Matt Smith of Oil States said: “Well P&A remains one of the highest cost operations when decommissioning offshore wells in the UKCS, and globally. It is an area of the industry that requires new technology to help achieve the targeted 35% reduction in decommissioning costs.”

“The technology that Oil States will develop with this funding will not only enhance our decommissioning portfolio, but it will go a long way in making changes to bring down costs across the industry as a whole.”

The DCF was launched by the Scottish Government in February 2017 with the aim of improving ports and supporting innovative salvage and transport methods. A further £5m was pledged in August last year, when Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse visited Aberdeen to launch the third round of the fund. 

Research & Development (R&D) for the new technology has started and the design is due for completion at the end of March this year.  Oil States will design, manufacture, assemble and test the new P&A tools in-house.  It plans to invest in training for its workforce to run and maintain the new equipment offshore.  Oil States currently employs over 200 people in Scotland, across its Aberdeen base and custom-built manufacturing unit in the central belt.

Oil States was founded in 1942.  The firm provides innovative solutions and leading-edge technologies to enable its clients to build and operate high-performance offshore fields.  For more information on Oil States, visit  

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