Well integrity is on a journey of realisation; together with the challenges of ageing wells and well life cycle extension, the verification of well integrity is a key area of interest for the oil and gas companies worldwide.
Following industry incidents of uncontrolled outflow, there is an increase in public awareness of how effectively our industry manages well integrity. Together with recent challenges in zonal isolation to protect aquifers in USA and Australia’s onshore tight gas and coal bed methane development projects, there is increased focus on the management of well integrity. This puts increased demands on operators to provide assurance in safeguarding people and protecting the environment in order to acquire or retain the license to operate in compliance with standards and regulations.
The importance of this is further elevated in view of large developments in unconventional gas and oil with well population growth that will result in more wells being drilled in the next decade than what we have drilled over the last hundred years to meet projected energy demands.
In addition there is the fact that wells are getting older and increasingly complex while target reservoirs are becoming more difficult to reach, requiring treatment, and interventions to enhance recovery of hydrocarbons.
The surface and subsurface hazards with required mitigations and associated assurance task required to verify barrier integrity are not always fully understood nor is there always effective technology available to verify these barriers.
The change in the requirements and the competency of industry to deal with these challenges is on a journey but gaps exist to understand these new and complex issues.
As for the service providers, the challenge in growth and need for more effective assessment of barriers in new and existing assets means greater opportunities to expand their business by developing new products, services, and solutions that can help their customers meet well integrity challenges such as the identification of potential leak paths and managing the enormous amount of data that results from field monitoring and well component testing.
In the Middle East we have local subsurface conditions such as H2S, CO2 as well as the massive UER aquifer that all present their own unique well integrity challenges. All these local challenges will be discussed, and an opportunity to share experiences and solicit constructive feedback.
This Global Integrated Workshop Series will provide industry professionals with an excellent networking opportunity. It will build on understanding the challenges on barrier assurance, share knowledge of the application of various technology solutions and best practices.
Among the topics and issues to be discussed are:
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Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.
Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.
In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.
All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation in the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.
Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.