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Well Integrity—Planning Ahead for the Late Life Cycle Phases

15 – 16 September 2014

Dubai, UAE | The Address Dubai Marina

About this Workshop

Abstract

Maintaining and managing well integrity throughout the well life cycle is very critical and in some areas is being driven by strict governmental regulations. Recent catastrophic events that have resulted in some severe environmental impacts as a result of well integrity issues, have forced stringent regulations. Well integrity in the whole life cycle of a well includes proper site selection, design, construction, production, intervention, safe abandonment, and monitoring during these various life cycle phases. Integrity of a well is impacted by what happens in all of the above phases—from well site selection through to well abandonment.

  • Are the oil and gas wells we drill and complete today fulfilling our well integrity requirements?
  • How many of our old legacy wells are leaking to the subsurface and/or environment?
  • When we do not see leaks on surface, does this mean everything is fine down hole?
  • Today we live with the legacy of our predecessors planning, what legacy will we leave for the next generation?
  • Have we ever wished that our predecessors had planned ahead for the well integrity challenges, so that proper intervention could be done when the need arose?

Looking at the situation today with the mind-set of planning for the future:

  • What will you incorporate in your well life cycle to ensure the well is safe and easier to manage from well integrity perspective?
  • How would we plan our wells to ensure that proper monitoring can be carried out on surface and sub-surface throughout the life cycle and post abandonment?
  • What are the latest regulations that exist in the industry for well integrity?
  • What are the tools and latest technologies that our industry offers to enable us to diagnose integrity, avoid catastrophes, and meet regulations?
  • How do we evaluate the condition of legacy wells designed and constructed long before “well integrity” was thought about and how do we handle them now?

The change in requirements by regulatory authorities and the competency of industry to deal with these challenges is on a progressive journey but gaps exist to understand these new and complex issues. This workshop will focus on answering these questions.

Who Should Attend

  • Well Integrity Engineers/Managers
  • Cementing Engineers/Managers
  • Drilling Engineers
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Production Engineers
  • Completion Engineers
  • Work-Over Departments
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • University Staff and Academia

 

Workshop Guidelines

Format

Two (2) days of informal discussions prompted by selected keynote presentations and discussions. Workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. The majority of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements, and lessons learnt. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and the press is not invited to attend.

Documentation

  • 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.
  • Professionally-prepared visual aids are not required; handwritten view graphs are entirely acceptable.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged.

Attendance

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Steering Committee encourages attendance from those who can contribute to the workshop most effectively either in discussions or with posters. A mix of attendees in terms of geographic origin, companies, and disciplines will be encouraged.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The Steering Committee will appoint a “scribe” to record the discussions and to produce the full workshop report for SPE.
  • This report will be circulated to all attendees as the workshop deliverable within 4–6 weeks following the workshop. The copyright of the report is with SPE.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address after the workshop. Provision of the materials by the speakers will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Commercialism

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

Continuing Education Units

Attendees at this workshop qualify for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the workshop.