Contracts awarded to refurbish Well-Safe Guardian16 August 2019

Well-Safe Solutions has awarded two multi-million-pound contracts to continue the transformation of the Well-Safe Guardian – the decommissioning company’s first asset – into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.

Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the refurbishment of the semi-submersible drilling rig, which was acquired by Well-Safe Solutions earlier this summer.

Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope, while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services.

As part of the upgrade, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a subsea intervention lubricator.

Phil Milton, CEO of Well-Safe Solutions, says: “The award of these contracts, within the timeframes we committed to, will ensure that this bespoke plug and abandonment asset will be available to the industry in 2020.”

Global Energy Group, which has been supporting Well-Safe with marine operations and quayside services since April this year, has secured the contract to support the upgrades and life extension works at the Port of Nigg.

Stuart Paterson, MD for Global Energy Group, Access & Coatings, comments: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract to bring the flagship semi-submersible up to standard. We expect to have in the region of 80 personnel engaged on various work scopes until the end of the year. Working in partnership with Well-Safe, Global Energy Group will provide fully encapsulated scaffold access, blast and paint services along with the provision of rope access personnel, mobile cranes, plant and labour, workboats and onsite facilities for the duration of the rigs yard stay at our Nigg Energy Park facility.”

Launched in August 2017, with the vision to become a ‘Tier One’ wells decommissioning company, Aberdeen-based Well-Safe Solutions boasts over 500 wells worth of experience among its staff and, with the Well-Safe Guardian, is firmly on track to deliver a complete P&A solution to its clients. Its long-term goal is to export its model and advance from the UK into this global marketplace.

Milton continues: “We believe we are now a key part of helping the industry achieve its 35% decommissioning cost reduction target. Joint well plug and abandonment campaigns, using our club approach will not only be more cost efficient, but also help build UK supply chain expertise in decommissioning.”

Adam Offord

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