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Deep Well Challenges 4

20 – 21 May 2014

Cairo, Egypt

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Drilling Planning

Session Chairs: Hazem Abd El-Sattar Kamal, Petro Amir; Mamdouh Mahfouz, AMAK Petroleum Group

Planning plays the most important role in the success of any petroleum project. In deep drilling, detailed planning is paramount to all the steps involved in the process. Different expertise and technologies collaborate from, if not before, deciding on the well coordinates till the well is connected to production facilities.

This session will cover all areas that engineers and geoscientists consider before drilling a deep well. Several aspects will be reviewed and presented for discussion such as contracts, insurance, economics, pressure profile prediction, and HPHT considerations.

Session 2: Drilling Rigs and Equipment

Session Chairs: Ali Salem, Consultant; Essam A. Fattah, Midco Oilfield Services

One of the most important issues while planning deep wells is rig selection and rig capabilities. At this stage, rig inspection is important to assure rig capabilities at all operating times in order to bear heavy weight drill and casing strings to avoid accidents and unsafe environments.

The search for hydrocarbons largely takes place in deep horizons where the drilling equipment will be affected by the challenges of the surrounding factors such as temperature and pressure. More than shallow wells; drilling equipment such as steerable motors, LWD, jars, bits, etc. must be accustomed to such arduous conditions where high temperature and pressure exist.

Moreover, wellhead systems at both surface and subsea situations shall tolerate the high expected pressure to have sealed and Essam Fattah and Ali Salem controlled rigs.

The rig automation technology is widely implemented to overcome such challenges.

Session 3: Well Evaluation

Session Chairs: Ahmed El Seginy, Dana Gas; Elsayed Bedair, Eshpetco Company; Mahmoud Shawkat, Baker Hughes

The most important part of the project after successful planning and drilling execution, is evaluating the target. Much time and effort has been spent to reach there; this session will show us precisely where to shoot the gun and let the well flow. Evaluating a target is an art where different and vast opinions are offered and the decision is difficult. Wells have often failed to flow as a result of inaccurate evaluation of the pay zone. In this session, the latest techniques in HTHP logging, testing, fracturing, and completion will be discussed.

Session 4: Case Histories

Session Chairs: Ismail El Kholy, Schlumberger; Mohamed El Gohary, IDM; Osama El Bakly, Khalda Petroleum Company

As drilling targets move to deeper and more challenging horizons; technology and techniques have evolved over the years to enable the economic exploration and development of such challenging targets. One of the key drivers of this evolution process relies on capturing past experiences, analysing it, and learning from both successes and failures. This session is an opportunity to share such past experiences, best practices, and learnings through presenting case histories from all aspects of deep well drilling, with different challenges and in different environments. Learning from past experiences and from others will provide valuable guidance and enhance the deep well drilling experience.