Session 6

Tuesday 21 November : 4.15 pm – 5.20 pm


Session Champion

Well plug and abandonment campaigns are currently underway across the North Sea. This session will focus on real learnings and case studies from Operators who are planning and delivering these scopes. From subsurface isolation strategy through to offshore execution – come and hear about the lessons and reflections from delivering these projects.


Speakers and Panellists

Caroline Evans-Guthrie
Team Lead - Well Abandonment Design
Shell UK Limited

Caroline is a Well Engineering Team Lead for Well Abandonment at Shell, working with a team of Engineers to plan the decommissioning of wells in the UK and Norway. Caroline is also Co-Chair of the OEUK Well Decommissioning Operators’ Network.

Caroline has worked on several Abandonment campaigns throughout her career to date, including the Brent Decommissioning project in several positions– as an Offshore engineer, as onshore Design and Operations, as a Contract Manager, Well Operations Team Lead (Operations Superintendent) and Well Engineering Team Lead. Caroline is passionate about responsible, safe and efficient well abandonment, sharing lessons and her experience with others and finds it a very interesting, challenging and exciting part of the industry.

Tom Quick
Senior Wells Decommissioning Engineer

Tom Quick is a Senior Wells Decommissioning Engineer at bp, acting as a subject matter expert and supporting decommissioning activity globally. Tom has over 16 years’ experience in drilling and decommissioning, encompassing drilling contractor, engineering contractor and operator environments. Tom acts as Co-Chair of OEUK’s Well Decommissioning Operators Network and contributed to the most recent update of the OEUK Well Decommissioning Guidelines. Tom also holds a BSc in Geology from Keele University.

Dr Finlay Smith
Senior P&A Engineer
Repsol Resources UK Limited

Dr. Finlay Smith is a Wells engineer with a decade’s experience between the UKCS and West Africa. His initial involvement as the P&A engineer for the abandonment of Canadian Natural Resource’s Ninian Northern Platform paved the way for a move to Repsol Sinopec Resources (now Repsol Resources UK Limited) as the engineer responsible for platform-based Abandonment planning in the North-Sea. Within the last 18 months Finlay has moved into a role as part of a dedicated Wells team within RSRUK’s Decommissioning and Energy Transition department, formed in 2022, and his current focus is the imminent mobilisation of the Fulmar A Platform decommissioning project.

Kevin Stillwell
Well Abandonments Operations Manager

Kevin Stilwell is the Well Abandonments Operations Manager at EnQuest in Aberdeen. Kevin has 25 years’ experience in the oil industry working in drilling and abandonment operations spanning the Contracting and Operator environment. He has worked in roles across the upstream energy sector leading teams in various projects Globally from West Africa to the North Sea. An astute professional with a track record in achieving results and leading teams successfully, Kevin also holds a BEng in Mining Engineering from Leeds University and an MSc in Subsea Engineering from Heriot Watt. He is a chartered engineer with the IMMM.

Andy Laird
Wells Manager


Andy started in the industry early 1991 working offshore Aberdeen. He spent the majority of the next 2 decades working for a variety of companies in the well construction and well intervention sector working his way up to superintendent and team lead. He gained experience of land-based, barge, platform and subsea operations globally before joining TAQA in 2009. Since then, he has been involved in the majority of TAQA’s drilling, completion, and abandonment operations and is currently the UK Wells Manager. He has been a member of the OEUK Wells Steering Committee since 2015 and currently part of the NSTA Well Decommissioning Steering Group.