Petrofac has won its first contract for decommissioning work in Australia after building a track record in the UK.
Thai firm PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) awarded the plugging and abandonent (P&A) work for two of its remaining subsea wells in the Vulcan Basin, in North West Australia.
It follows similar decommissioning deals for Petrofac in the North Sea with operators including Tullow Oil and US-based Hess Corporation.
Starting the Hess work in 2020, Petrofac said that it had P&A’d 25 wells in the North Sea since 2016.
Under the PTTEP deal, Petrofac will carry out detailed planning, procurement of services, including tender for a semi-submersible rig, and management of operations and subcontracted work.
The firm said the announcement builds on Petrofac’s “ongoing expansion in Australasia”.
Nick Shorten, managing director of Petrofac Engineering and Production Services (West), who is based in Aberdeen, praised it as a testament to the firm’s record of carrying out this work “globally”.
He said: “Our teams have operated in Australia for more than a decade working on some of the region’s largest energy developments, but we are particularly excited to be deploying our Well Project Management capability and expertise there for the first time.
“When it comes to decommissioning, we understand the focus on cost and schedule is as important as ever. We look forward to working closely with PTTEP to deliver a safe and predictable plug and abandonment campaign.”