Written by Mark Lammey -
Aberdeenshire offshore chemical engineer Aubin Group has created a toolbox to support global decommissioning jobs.
Aubin Group, headquartered in Ellon, said the collection of products would make decommissioning cheaper, quicker and safer for customers.
The toolbox contains goods used for well plugging and abandonment (P&A), sealing, waste treatment, tank cleaning, oil displacement, pigging, asset removal and pipeline decommissioning.
It includes a pipeline cleaning EVO Pig, cement slurry for well P&A operations, a placement and lifting subsea (PALS) system, and an emulsion breaker.
Paddy Collins, Aubin Group CEO, said: “Decommissioning is an inevitable part of the oil and gas lifecycle but it is currently a relatively immature sector in the North Sea.
“This presents the opportunity to do things differently, which is at the heart of what Aubin does.
“We are driven by a commitment to continuous innovation supported by more than 25 years’ experience as a trusted technical partner.
“From well plugging and abandonment using our cement additives, to sealing structures with AXI-Lokk and pipeline pigging using EVO-Pig, which works with our pipeline gels to treat and clean pipelines without challenging integrity, Aubin can offer numerous solutions that make decommissioning projects lower-risk, cost effective, environmentally safe and successful.”
In 2013, Aubin received £2.25million from the Business Growth Fund to develop and commercialise new technology.
Last year, it invested about 25% of turnover into research and development.
Aubin now has a total of nine global patents.