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Subsea Well Intervention

24 – 27 February 2013

Bangkok, Thailand | Mandarin Oriental Hotel

About this workshop


The number of global subsea wells is increasing at an annual rate of more than 20%. World oil estimates that by the end of 2011, there was about 5,200 subsea wells. The low hanging fruits in oil exploration are all gone with the next big focus and development push expected in the deep water/subsea fields, where the reserves are typically a lot larger, but the costs to develop and maintain can be prohibitive.

With this increasing growth, comes the growing need for interventions in these wells. Subsea well interventions are generally being seen as expensive and more applicable in high cost environments due to the higher equipment costs and the rig that it may require. Partly, it could also be due to the re-active approach (when the problem occurs) adopted by some operators today rather than a more proactive approach (reservoir maintenance program) where the well intervention programs are developed and identified ahead of time.

With no proper recognition of the importance and/or critical requirement for reservoir maintenance given in the field development planning stages, subsea reservoirs will continue to underperform. With proper planning and the application of available techniques today (riser less lightweight intervention), subsea wells could be intervened in a safer, more efficient, and significantly more cost effective manner compared to riser and rig based interventions.

Focus and Objectives

This workshop will provide an opportunity for operators, service companies, international experts, and other organisations to understand the latest applications in subsea well intervention, the current challenges and future technology needs, and the resources that need to be addressed. The workshop is expected to cover the following topics:

  • Challenges operators face in planning and quantifying intervention requirements.
  • Review of relevant technologies and operating philosophy.
  • Subsea well control and maintenance.
  • Methods of selecting optimum solutions or technologies (surface and sub-surface).
  • Define future technology needs and opportunities.
  • Interactions between different disciplines.
  • GAP Analysis Workshop (Tools and Resources).

Who Should Attend

This workshop is meant for experienced individuals who will share their own case histories, experience, and actively contribute to the discussion. We expect participation from experts involved in hydrocarbon development, drilling, well intervention, production, facilities and operations. It will also be beneficial for department, asset, and technology managers involved in field development, well technology, and operations as well as production optimisation and reservoir engineering departments who will ultimately manage these new subsea fields.

Workshop Guidelines


1. Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
2. Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
3. Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten viewgraphs are entirely acceptable.
4. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. A one-page summary will be prepared by the Workshop Co-Chairpersons, which will be posted on the SPE website, and published in the Journal of Petroleum Technology (JPT), if space permits. The copyright of the summary report will belong to SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with ATW objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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 at the workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units

This workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the ATW.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be forwarded to registrants with the attendee package prior to the scheduled workshop in January 2013.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The workshop atmosphere is informal.


Delegates are advised to book their international/domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Bangkok, Thailand. Further detailed transportation information will be available and included in the attendee package, which will be sent to registrants January 2013.

All travellers to Thailand must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage either return, or through ticket. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Thailand.