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Ensuring Well Integrity in Changing Environments

1 – 4 March 2015

Brisbane, Australia | Marriott Hotel

About this workshop


Designing, maintainin,g and demonstrating well integrity across the life of the well is imperative to a sustainable oil and gas industry. This workshop intends to cover the significant challenges well integrity presents to petroleum professionals and regulatory authorities every day.

Subsea, HPHT, geologically complex reservoirs, high CO2, aquifer protection, and sensitive stakeholders represent significant challenges throughout drilling, completion and production. Some contributors to compromised well integrity can include factors such as wellbore instability, corrosion, cement bond deterioration, expansion/contraction, and changing pressure envelopes.

It is vital for the sustainability of the industry that production is optimized and operating costs reduced through a comprehensive understanding of reservoir characteristics, careful well design and construction, continuous monitoring and suitable workovers. Some of the specific challenges facing our industry include:

  • Aquifer protection through effective zonal isolation for CSG wells
  • Temperature changes on annuli in HPHT wells
  • Corrosion control for high CO2 wells
  • Abandonment / decommissioning challenges for legacy wells
  • Sustainable well design for subsea wells (annular pressure)
  • Flow assurance of high rate wells (erosion control)
  • Demonstrating environmental protection in a sensitive stakeholder setting
  • Unconventional / Basin Centred Plays and subsequent cost pressures
  • Impact of hydraulic fracturing on cement / cement design and casing design
  • Managing well integrity on a large scale (CSG and shale)

Benefits of Attending

  • Appreciate industry colleagues’ different approaches to well integrity issues
  • Hear from industry leaders on new technologies to support well integrity management
  • Exposure to alternative approaches to life-of-well integrity management
  • Understand government regulatory demands and recommended best practices


This workshop will provide a platform for oil and gas professionals to network and share applications, technologies and practices currently undertaken in an effort to ensure and improve well integrity. Key topics and issues that will be tabled include:

  • Latest technology, procedures, software and systems for integrity issues
  • Barrier types, qualification and assurance over the well life cycle
  • Case studies of complex well casing and trapped annular pressures
  • Innovative approaches to well decommissioning

Who Should Attend

Well integrity challenges petroleum professionals who are engaged in design and construction of the well, drilling, completions, production, abandonment and intervention. This workshop intends to appeal to an inter-disciplinary audience and hopes to draw upon the varied information, ideas, and technologies from the likes of:

  • Engineers, superintendents and managers in drilling, completions and well services
  • Petroleum, production, reservoir, cement and well integrity engineers
  • Intervention and abandonment specialists



  • 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.
  • 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 highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted online after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the Workshop 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 Attendee Survey Form.

Continuing Education Units

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

Attendee Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the workshop website by January 2015.


Attendees are advised to book their international / domestic airline tickets early from their country to Australia. Further detailed transportation information will be available on the Workshop website by January 2015. All travellers to Australia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements Australia.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.