The Curtin Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (COGIC) at Curtin University has awarded Elemental Group a contract for Decommissioning Advisory Services. Elemental Group will help COGIC identify and develop areas for research in well plugging and abandonment for offshore, onshore and coal seam gas wells.
Steve Bunton, Managing Director of Elemental Group Australia, said “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract with the Curtin Oil and Gas Innovation Centre. Elemental Group, being a leading technical advisor in decommissioning, sees this as a great addition to our recently completed research for the Sustainable Seas National Challenge into potential decommissioning options for offshore infrastructure and platforms in New Zealand. The partnership with COGIC will assist in developing Western Australia as a research centre of excellence in decommissioning and well abandonment technology”.
Claus Otto, Director of COGIC, said “COGIC is developing a major demand-driven research portfolio on decommissioning, abandonment and rehabilitation in collaboration with national and global academic partners, the resources industry and the regulators. The project with Elemental Group Australia is a first step to assess technology needs and research challenges on well plug and abandoment and to develop a strategic research plan”. Prof Otto acknowledges the support of the Western Australia Energy Research Alliance, a joint venture comprising Curtin University, CSIRO and the University of Western Australia.

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