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ODNR Seeking New Contractors to Plug Orphan Oil and Gas Wells

As part of a comprehensive plan to plug hundreds of wells and to award bids worth millions of dollars, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (ODNR) is actively seeking new contactors to plug idle and orphan oil and gas wells. The opportunity to become certified to bid on these projects is open now until May 9, 2022.

The Department is developing multi-year plugging plans and multi-well bid packages and needs more contractors to carry out the projected work. Operators interested in becoming a certified contractor must be approved by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Once certified, a company may participate in the bid process administered by ODNR. This certification process is not ongoing, so contractors interested in taking advantage of the growing plugging opportunities should apply now. The Request for Proposal can be viewed here.

A virtual conference will be held on April 18, 2022 to further explain the process. Please contact Terry Spiropoulos by Email to register for the virtual conference. In your email, please include the word “MAC110-RSVP” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include your name, company, and email address. 

The Orphan Well Program was established in 1977. If unaddressed, orphan wells may pose a threat to public safety, the environment, conservation of our natural resources and economic development. ODNR has identified nearly 1,000 idle and orphan wells waiting to be plugged, with more added to the program monthly.