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Status of temporarily abandoned wells

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has sent identical letters to operating companies regarding the status of temporarily abandoned wells on the Norwegian continental shelf, as well as future plans for these wells.

With a deadline of 15 November 2007, we have asked the companies to:

  • send up-to-date information regarding the status of wells that have been temporarily abandoned,

  • include barrier sketches for the wells,

  • provide a risk assessment for the wells as regards well integrity in relation to aging issues and factors linked to operations for permanent plugging and abandonment of the well, or other use of the well.


Similar letters have also previously been sent to the operating companies (PSA - 2003), (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate - 1997).

Contactperson in the PSA:
Sissel Østbø