Sharing knowledge on P&A


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On January 28, 2020, NBCC was present for the opening session of the 1st Binational Plug&Abandonment Workshop at UFRJ.

The workshop was organized by the Norwegian research centre NORCE, University of Stavanger, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and LTS, and a 8-person strong delegation is visiting from Norway. On January 29, the delegation attended meetings with NBCC, NORWEP and Innovation Norway.

Establish collaboration

The goal of the workshop was to explore the state of the art within P&A in both countries by discussing the latest research and developments. The workshop brought together Brazilian and Norwegian institutions with the aim to establish new collaboration and long-term partnerships at a timely moment in the development of new P&A solutions.

The opening session of the workshop featured welcoming messages from Marcelo Igor de Souza of UFRJ and Hans Joakim Skadsem of NORCE.

The decommissioning scenario in Brazil is frequently described as considerable, and Marcelo Igor provided the audience with a Brazilian P&A overview in his opening comments.

“Norway has similar challenges, and our countries will benefit from working together”, he said.

An estimated 3000 wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf will need to be plugged and abandoned, and new, innovative technological solutions are needed to reduce cost and time.

Click here to access the presentations from the workshop.

P&A since 2011

NORCE has done research on P&A since 2011, and labels it a priority topic. Today NORCE does testing, modelling and risk assessment.

More than 70 people participated in the workshop on January 28 which featured speakers from companies like Halliburton, Simworx, Schlumberger, Hydrawell and OuroNegro as well as the involved research institutes and universities.


The NORCE delegation also had meetings with ANP, Petrobras, Total, Shell, Equinor, PUC, Finep, Cenpes and OuroNegro during their weeklong stay in Rio de Janeiro.