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SPE Subsea Well Abandonment Workshop

23 – 24 September 2014

Houston, Texas | Houstonian Hotel

About this Workshop


The permanent abandonment of subsea oil and gas wells around the world represents an increasingly significant challenge and liability for the E&P industry.  Historically, wells have been designed, constructed and operated using methods, techniques and materials suitable for long-term production, with less emphasis and forethought to well abandonment operations.

This SPE workshop will be an open venue to discuss and learn about the technical, operational and liability challenges faced by the industry.  As an informal gathering of operators, service providers and regulators, this workshop will provide a unique opportunity for the exchange of information, ideas and solutions that may be applicable today.

The session topics will include:

  • Well abandonment liabilities
  • Regulator/legislation view on challenges
  • Pre-work and diagnostics for well abandonments
  • Well abandonment current design best practices
  • Barrier placement and verification
  • Current industry technologies and capabilities
  • Mid-term and long term industry technologies and capabilities
  • Use of non-drillship platform for well abandon

Workshop Guidelines

Workshops maximize 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.

Many of the presentations are in the form of case studies, highlighting engineering achievements and lessons learned. In order to stimulate frank discussion, no proceedings are published and members of the press are not invited to attend.


Proceedings from the workshop will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not requested of speakers or panel members. A URL containing released copies of the workshop presentations will be available to attendees following the workshop.


In remaining consistent with workshop objectives and SPE guidelines, commercialism in presentations will not be permitted.  Company logos should be used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter(s).

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attendees will receive 1.6 CEUs.

One CEU equals 10 contact hours of participation. CEUs will be awarded through SPE Professional Development for participation and completion of SPE workshop. A permanent record of a participant’s involvement and awarding of CEUs will be maintained by SPE.