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Well Integrity–Current Perspectives

23 – 25 April 2013

Edinburgh, Scotland | Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor

About this Workshop

This workshop is part of the groundbreaking new Global Integrated Workshop Series that takes a regional look at a topic of global interest. Each new workshop in the series is held in a different geographic region, and the discussions and findings from each workshop will be compiled into extended scribe reports.

The scribe reports will be gathered and shared among all participants though an online community to provide continuity between the individual workshops. The scribe reports on the online community will then become a growing body of global knowledge on the topic, and all workshop series participants are invited to join the online community to view and comment on the reports.


Currently it is seen as best practice to plan for the full life cycle of a well, right from the grass roots development. However, for existing assets, full life cycle well integrity planning may not have been in the forefront of the well’s initial design. Consequently, to extend the life of mature fields, well integrity has gained an increased focus to allow continued well operations whilst trying to maintain a balance with the optimum timing for suspension and abandonment. Additionally, properly assessing and testing well barriers allows risk to be managed appropriately and is also a continued industry well integrity focus in both new and mature fields.

This workshop will include presentations, case studies and discussions that take an in-depth look at the following topics:

  • Lifetime extension and suspension
  • Well barrier assessment best practices
  • Risk management

There will be a unique opportunity to hear a summary and comparison of some of the recent global legislation changes as well as an update on the industry well integrity standards document (OGP).

Who Should Attend

This workshop is a limited attendance meeting for up to 85 delegates, designed for professionals in the oil and gas industry who are involved in the well integrity aspects of design, construction, repair and operation of wells.

This includes:

  • Asset and operation managers
  • Drilling engineers
  • Drilling managers
  • HSE engineers
  • Production operators
  • Petroleum engineers
  • Well construction/Completion engineers
  • Well integrity engineers
  • Well intervention engineers

Workshop Guidelines


Two and a half days of informal sessions, with a number of short presentations and breakout discussions per session, an evening welcome reception on Monday, 22 April and dinner on Tuesday, 23 April. Full details will be provided with the registration pack which will be sent in April 2013.

Workshop Objectives and Deliverables

This workshop has been designed to maximise opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and learning. The event will start with an opening presentation on the “evolution of well integrity” followed by five half-day sessions concentrating on “well integrity current perspectives” with a deeper review of risk management, lifetime extension and suspension, changes in regulations and well barrier assessment best practices. Each session will begin with selected presentations, followed by the opportunity for detailed discussions, case studies and group work activities.


75-85 delegates from relevant disciplines with proven experience and/or knowledge of the subject areas being covered.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive a certificate from SPE attesting to their participation.

Continuing Education Units

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

Scribe's Report

The steering committee will appoint a scribe to make a full report of the workshop, summarising all presentations and discussion. This report will be circulated to all attendees. The copyright of the scribe’s report will belong to SPE.

Cancellation Policy

Written notice received 30 days before the starting date of the workshop entitles registrants to a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellations received after this time but alternative delegates will be welcomed.