4 December, 2017 Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) has today (Monday, December 4) launched a state-of-the-art decommissioning simulator to service the growing oil and gas decommissioning sector. The simulator and the associated software is a world-first and will be used to support decommissioning activities in the UK and other parts of the world. RGU has developed the simulator to focus on well-plugging and abandonment (P&A) in collaboration with funding partners the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE),. P&A is an area which is forecast to cost the UK more than £8 billion over the next decade, with around 2,500 wells expected to be decommissioned across the UK, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Continental Shelves. The simulator can support both oil and gas operators, and service companies with the planning and preparation for well P&A. The idea is to train operatives in a similar way to pilots being trained and tested on flight simulators. The simulator provides a truly unique capability for RGU and for the industry. It could significantly enhance safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with decommissioning oil and gas wells. RGU’s partnership with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre will also create new opportunities to develop and test technologies, accelerating new solutions in collaboration with the industry and technology providers. Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, believes the development of this unique decommissioning simulator will have numerous benefits for the industry. He said: “By providing this facility at RGU to simulate well decommissioning, we will ultimately be able to enhance safety and reduce the cost of well P&A. “Operators and drilling contractors will be able to use the simulator to develop the technical and non-technical skills and capabilities of their rig crews for decommissioning wells, while improving team performance.” Students will also benefit from training and development on the simulator. For more information on the work being done at RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, visit http://www.rguoilandgasinstitute.com/
Questions What is ‘decommissioning'? Why is a simulator needed? How much will decommissioning cost in the UK oil sector in the next ten years? What are the main benefits of using a decommissioning simulator?
Vocabulary Highlight text for solutions decommissioning – processes needed to end use of installations/large machines simulator – mechanical/electronic device that allows practice well-plugging – sealing oil and gas wells after production continental shelf – land masses significantly – in a big way unique – the only one rig – oil or gas pumping structure drilling – making holes in the earth
Grammar The article mainly uses a mix of present simple and will future verbs. The contrast is between capability (present simple) and future possibilities (will future). How would using the present continuous or going to future change the sense of the predictions?