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Oil & Gas Producer Finds Success Through Decommissioning Wells


Oil and gas producers regularly face requirements to plug idle wells. This longstanding member of the oil and gas exploration community had numerous idle wells that were triggering the plugging requirement. The producer realized quickly that plugging these wells will be costly but necessary to remain compliant with government requirements. The oil and gas producer sought out environmental alternatives to reduce the cost burden associated with decommissioning the company's wells. However, they lacked a clear perspective on the emission reduction credit (ERC) markets as well as the drivers impacting the well decommissioning process.

While the company weighed their available options, the highly complicated and costly decommissioning procedure made the path to meeting requirements in a cost-effective manner, seem impossible. The company planned to begin decommissioning their idled wells while still entertaining a creative way to offset the costs associated with well plugging.


With AEGIS’ assistance, the oil and gas producer was able to generate and register 7 tons of VOC ERCs and with an additional 0.5 tons of NOX credits. This amounted to approximately $700,000 for the company, which easily covered the $50,000 cost of plugging the well. While decommissioning and plugging wells is a costly effort, credits that AEGIS identified and guided the company through registering significantly reduced the financial burden associated with the process. This activity also allowed the company to meet its ESG goals of permanently reducing emissions.

With AEGIS’ environmental expertise, the oil and gas producer was able to make fast, sophisticated decisions that maximized the company’s effectiveness and gave it the flexibility to take on further projects. This was all accomplished at a fraction of the time and cost that would have been incurred with an in-house program.

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