WASHINGTON — Oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico will have to permanently plug nearly 3,500 temporarily abandoned wells and dismantle about 650 production platforms that are no longer used, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.
My take on this announcement is that it is a fabulous job creator for GoM mariners…think of all the rigs it will take to cement all those wells and crane barges to remove all the abandoned platforms? At least a hundred of them and if they also have to recover the abandoned pipelines, then another hundred yet. A huge work backlog for DSV and heavylift operators.
Let’s just hope that the owners of these wells and platforms don’t weasel their way out of doing what they were supposed to have done already and that they don’t come up with another excuse to use foreign vessels and foreign labor!