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Rushmore Well Abandonment Performance Review

Enhance your budget planning, well abandonment performance assessment, and industry data.

Why do operators participate in the APR?

Since 2008, Operators have been sharing data from their permanent well abandonments through the Rushmore Abandonment Performance Review (APR). Rushmore members use this global dataset to gain crucial insight into decommissioning best practices, enabling them to target significant time and cost savings in their abandonment campaigns.

Join the APR today to:

  • Obtain data on over 800 well abandonments from across the globe
  • Identify available land and offshore abandonments
  • Get industry data and competitor intelligence
  • Obtain highly useful technical, time and cost data
  • Access to a detailed before and after schematic diagram for every well abandonment
  • Visualise industry performance with Rushmore’s newly launched dashboard interface and charting suite
  • Digest Rushmore APR data directly into Business Intelligence tools through our API
  • Decide which data to share, the rules for sharing, yearly changes needed and how additional value can be gained
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Why join the APR now?

The decommissioning of oil and gas installations across the world, and more specifically in mature basins such as the North Sea, is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars over the coming years. The North Sea's aging infrastructure, with over 470 platforms, more than 5,000 wells and 10,000km of pipelines, requires effective abandonment planning to ensure manageable costs and regulatory compliance.

Having become established in the North Sea as the Industry Standard platform for peer to peer data sharing on abandonment operations, the APR has in recent years grown as a global service with data from Africa, Australia, Malaysia and most recently Brazil as Petrobras joined this Operator only study. Operators abandoning wells in regions that are just beginning to enter the end of the well life cycle can learn best practices from the more mature North Sea, using real data provided directly from Operators to budget effectively and plan best in class campaigns.

By joining the APR now, operators can gain crucial insight into decommissioning best practices and save significant time and money.

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Join the APR to find answers to critical well abandonment questions

In 2007, a group of Operators asked Rushmore to establish a Review to share permanent well abandonment data, with a view to answering the following questions:
  • How do my abandonments compare with others in terms of cost and time?
  • Am I "overengineering" my designs?
  • Are others using more effective techniques? What failures are other operators experiencing?
  • Which auditable data can I use to calculate future abandonment liabilities?
  • What savings are typically achieved in abandonment campaigns?
  • Which technology trials are appropriate?
  • What lessons have other Operators learned?
  • What effects are regulatory differences between countries having on technology and therefore cost and time outputs?

Getting started

How to participate?
  • An Operator contracts to participate in at least one country for at least one year.
  • The Operator provides data on all abandoned wells in each country in which it is participating.
  • The data is independently quality checked and published on our website.
  • If an Operator provides all of its wells, the Operator receives access to data in all countries, even if it has not abandoned a well there.
  • An Operator may also participate retrospectively.
  • Special rules apply to pre-2008 data.
  • Never performed an abandonment? You can still join the APR. A Participant that has never performed an Abandonment may purchase access to Published Data for the Current Year and all previous years. A Participant who purchases access to Published Data on this basis and expects to perform an Abandonment within three years of the purchase must contract to participate for each year up until and including the year of their first expected Abandonment and commit to submit the required Data for that year.
Data coverage
  • Approximately 110 total data fields including:
  • Well information: name, location, technical descriptions
  • Description of well prior to abandonment
  • Description of workscope
  • Total, NPT and WoW times
  • Total and phase costs
  • Complexity
  • Operators also share detailed 'before' and 'after' well schematic diagrams for each abandonment
Data entry
  • Excel workbook input
  • Workbook emailed to Rushmore for QC
  • Rushmore automated and manual QC checks
  • Queries on data between participant and Rushmore
  • Data published
  • Data extraction service - Rushmore can provide a data extraction service for participants. This removes the burden of data reporting for the Operators, allowing them to focus on the end product - the APR Database. For more information on data extraction, please contact our sales team.
Access to benchmarking tools
  • APR key performance indicator metrics
  • APR charts - Ability to chart operational performance, times by phase and totals, costs per phase and totals, operator time/NPT/costs
  • Newly launched dashboard interface allowing users to visualise multiple facets of performance based on an Operator, regional or time specific region


Fiona Main

Ms. Fiona Main is the Abandonments Review Coordinator at IHS Markit for Rushmore, a leading provider of drilling and completions solutions for the oil and gas industry. Her areas of expertise include upstream oil & gas and the energy industries, energy equipment and services. Ms. Main joined the company in 2005 as a Data Analyst before becoming a review coordinator and is now responsible for data collection, verification and publishing. She facilitates the Rushmore annual user group meeting and customer forum. She previously worked in the oil industry with a core analysis company interpreting formation damage. Ms. Main received a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology and Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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