Wells Task Force


To date over 7,800 wells have been drilled in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), delivering over 44 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe). There is still significant remaining resource potential, however drilling activity has recently been in decline with exploration and appraisal (E&A) well activity declining steadily since 2008. Development infill well activity has halved since 2015 following the oil price drop.

Industry now needs to make a concerted effort to increase cost effective drilling activity, improve the management of existing well stock and reduce well abandonment costs to maximise reserves, sustain production and minimise decommissioning costs. To address the issues a new North Sea Transition Wells Task Force was set up in November 2019.

The Wells Task Force

The Wells Task Force is an industry task force, supported by the OGA, looking at the Wells value chain to integrate, streamline and add value to the well delivery, management and removal process. The overall objective is to have a more streamlined, efficient and effective way for the oil and gas industry to achieve the OGA Wells Strategy. The wells task force will be held at least quarterly and minutes of these meetings can be found below.


The Wells Task Force will be chaired by industry, the OGA’s role is to influence, promote and provide support where appropriate. Members will include the representatives from industry, the OGA and OGUK. When participating in task group duties members will represent the UK oil and gas industry as a whole and not their individual companies.

Current Members

Simon Roddy, Shell - Chair

Brenda Wyllie, OGA

Keith Wise, OGUK

Alan Quirke, Repsol Sinopec

Doris Reiter, BP

Martin White, Halliburton

Peter Wilson, Valaris

Claus Vissing-Jorgensen, Total

Ian Ferguson, Shell

Karl Tolson, Chrysoar

Chris Wark, CNRL

Task Groups

Five industry led task groups have been set-up under the Wells Task Force:

Right Scoping 

Waste Removal

Improved Partnerships

Reservoir and Wells Optimisation

Wells Decommissioning

Minutes of Meetings

26th April 2021

2nd February 2021

11th November 2020

18th September 2020

15th July 2020

22nd April 2020

25th February 2020

6th November 2019

Contact details

For details about the Wells task force please contact:

Useful Publications:

OGA Wells Strategy

OGA Wells Insight Report

OGA Stewardship Expectations