This document (‘Guidance’) sets out the approach the OGA will generally take in considering applications from licensees for consent to initial suspension, and any extension of a suspension, of inactive wells (that is, a constructed well or wellbore that is neither operational nor fully abandoned) in support of cost-effective abandonment.

This Guidance will be kept under review and be revised as appropriate in the light of further experience and developing law and practice, and any change to the OGA’s powers and responsibilities. If the OGA changes this Guidance in a material way, it will publish a revised document.

This Guidance has been withdrawn.