Oil and Gas Well Database Abbreviations

Here are the abbreviations most commonly used to designate well status in our database.

Abbreviation Meaning Abbreviation Meaning
ABND Abandoned loc, never drilled, or D&A CATH Cathodic protection well
CBM Coal bed methane CO2-INJ Carbon dioxide injection
D&A Dry & abandoned EOR Enhanced oil recovery
EXP Expired permit GAS Gas well
HELIUM Helium INJ Injection well
J&A Junked and abandoned LH Lost hole
LOC Location, status unknown;
or location never drilled
O&G Oil and gas
OBS observation OIL Oil well
ON LIST Under KCC review P&A Plugged and abandoned
SHUT-IN Shut-in STRAT Stratigraphic test
SWD Saltwater disposal TA Temporarily abandoned
(but not P&A or D&A)
W-INJ Water injection WATER Water well

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