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Well Integrity: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives

28 – 29 May 2013

Doha, Qatar | Oryx Rotana

About this Workshop


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.

Workshop Objectives

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:

  • Well integrity challenges facing local companies in Qatar and internationally
  • Barrier verification and assurance over well life cycle from concept to design to operate and final abandonment or further use, life cycle extension
  • Risk assessment—how wells may be managed with imperfect barriers
  • Data management and use of new decision support technology to support well integrity management systems
  • New standards and regulations and plans for compliance
  • Technology gaps and solutions

Who Should Attend

  • Drilling and well integrity technology providers
  • Production technology engineers
  • Well integrity management
  • Well completion engineers

Visa Information

SPE Middle East, North Africa, and India will assist in providing a visa invitation letter, upon request in writing, to confirmed registrants after receiving full payment of registration fees. Visa invitation letters take five days to issue from the date of request and it is the course attendee's responsibility to obtain their own visa. SPE cannot issue the visa nor can we guarantee it will be obtained.


Workshop Guidelines


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.


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas and interesting projects are sought.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.


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.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


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.

Attendance Certificate

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.

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.