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Zonal Isolation to the Extreme

16–21 February 2014 :: Vilamoura, Portugal


About this forum

Advancements in drilling, completions, and intervention technology have allowed extended and multiple reservoir targets to be accessed from a single wellbore. The opportunity can be further maximised by segmenting and individually isolating zones along these prolonged wellbores.

This forum is focused on looking at the future of selectively isolating geological sequences from one another, to assure containment and integrity, whether for remedial or other types of activities that requires isolation. The variables involved are almost infinite: what is in contact with what and which type of medium is best suited for the task in hand. The reasons for isolation vary from permanent containment to temporarily isolating a reser­voir through a variety of materials, e.g., novel resins, rubber, cement and expandable technologies, with new developments in isolating requirements for wellbores on the horizon.

The isolation has to take into account the complexities of the environment; high (HPHT) or low pressure/tem­perature (LTLP) extremes, gas migration, unconsolidated formations, cement integrity of long liners and multiple laterals. The selected isolation method has to be compatible with the production and injection medium, as well as operations. Some of these challenges include CO2, H2S, fracturing, and acid stimulation.

Wellbore and reservoir developments can challenge the isolation and the integrity of the isolation. Production and reservoir monitoring requirements may wish to introduce a cabled system passing through the barrier medium. Some of these technologies can provide assistance in confirming or identifying the isolation; these can include new and innovative equipment, either acoustic or temperature monitoring identifying fluctuations allowing the interpretation of the isolations effectiveness. With a challenge on what is happening in research and development in evaluation methodologies and techniques for verification and assessment of existing isolations behind multiple casings, which is a growing industry requirement for further use or abandonment of wells. The challenges in research and development, evaluation methodologies, techniques for verification, and assessment in existing isolations behind multiple casings has increased as multiple casing have become the industry requirement in abandoned wells.

Selection: what is acceptable now? What perhaps will be acceptable either through a robust well design or what about further use, extending its lifecycle, or plug and abandonment?

This forum will look at the future of effective zonal isolation, the application of zonal isolation techniques to specific well types, and the influence of wellbore construction on zonal isolation selection.

What is a Forum?

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Who Should Participate

The forum is a limited-attendance meeting for up to 75 people, designed for professionals in the oil and gas industry interested in the design and construction of wells. The forum is aimed at people whose principal job falls into any of the following categories:

  • Academic professionals
  • Petroleum engineers and managers
  • Production technologists and managers
  • QHSE professionals
  • Research and development managers
  • Rig manufacturers and designers safety regulators
  • Well control trainers
  • Well engineers and managers
  • Well product line managers
  • Well technology drilling engineers and managers

Benefits to You and Your Organisation

  • Gain insight and perspective through conversations with peers who share your same interests.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of learning through one-on-one interaction.
  • Meet with other experts from international companies, research institutes, and universities in an off-the-record format.
  • Form professional relationships that will continue after the forum has ended.

Forum Guidelines

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  • Participants are expected to attend every session.
  • Slides are limited, allowing maximum time for informal discussions and exchange of experience.
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  • Extensive note taking is not allowed.
  • Recording of any forum session is prohibited.
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  • Participants are requested to omit reference to forum proceedings in any subsequent published work or oral presentation.
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  • No commercialism.