The project reviews regulatory frameworks in relation to principles derived from international literature and consider social concerns with regard to decommissioning of wells and well pad infrastructure.

The project provides recommendations for an integrated approach to improving the social, economic and environmental effectiveness of decommissioning of wells and well pads.

Reports and papers

Decommissioning coal seam gas wells PDF 1 MB

The project combined geological, technical and social science expertise to study effective and socially acceptable decommissioning processes for CSG wells in Queensland and New South Wales.

The project:

  1. reviewed regulatory frameworks,
  2. explored the characteristics of successful decommissioning from different viewpoints, and
  3. developed policy options for government, industry and local stakeholders

Final report, August 2018.

Perspectives on successful coal seam gas well decommissioning

This paper explores the perspectives of industry, government and local stakeholders on coal seam gas well decommissioning.

Journal of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), May 2018.


Decommissioning CSG wells PDF 1 MB

The outcomes of the project were presented at a knowledge transfer session held in August 2018.

Presentation, August 2018.

Project Progress

This project is now complete.

Project proposal PDF 530 KB

A detailed description of the project, budget and research milestones.

Project order, November 2016.

Progress report PDF 515 KB

The project outline, any variations and research progress.

Progress report, September 2018.

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