SPE/WIA Well Abandonment and Integrity Workshop 18 - 19 Sep 2018 The Metropolitan Centre Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Tuesday, September 18

07:00 - 09:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:05 - 08:30
Opening Keynote
Speaker(s) Rob Wadsworth, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)


Liability Challenges in Alberta  

Rob Wadsworth, VP of Closure and Liability

Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

08:30 - 10:00
Session 1: Regulatory Aspects and Challenges of Keeping up with a Transitioning Industry
Session Chairpersons Keri-Ann DeVries, Husky Energy; Anita Lewis, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2: Risk Management Tools for Abandonments, Surface Casing Vent Flow and Well Integrity Issues
Session Chairpersons Paul Mangan, Bering Exploration Company; Manuel Oppel, Aurora Land Consulting Ltd.
Speaker(s) Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies; Anthony Knafla, Equilibrium Environmental Inc.


  1. Risk-Ranking Approach for Thermal Well Integrity Using Readily Available Application, Well and Operational Parameters
  • Todd Zahacy, C-FER Technologies


  1. SCVF & GM Risk Ranking and Prioritization Tool
  • Anthony Knafla, Equilibrium Environmental Inc.
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 3: New Technology for Surface Casing Vent Flow Repair, Well Integrity Identification and Abandonments
Session Chairpersons Kari -Ann DeVries, Husky Energy; Mark Soper, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.
Speaker(s) Michael Skjold, Interwell


  1. Permanent Abandonment of Wells  
  • Michael Skjold, Interwell


14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 4: Analysis of Surface Casing Vent Flow Source Identification Tools
Session Chairpersons Robbi Dodd, Charger Pumping Solutions; Jonathan Kuhn, Horizon Resources Management Ltd.
Speaker(s) Bryan Szatkowski, GCHEM Ltd.; Rose McPherson, GeoLog Solutions Inc.


  1. Steam Condensing Manifold (SCM) System for Collecting Representative Natural Gas and Condensed Steam Samples from Leaking Surface Casing Vent (SCV) of Thermal Wells    
  • Bryan Szatkowski, GCHEM Ltd.    


  1. The Radial Cased Hole Analysis Tool     
  • Rose McPherson, GeoLog Solutions Inc.
16:30 - 18:00

Wednesday, September 19

07:00 - 08:00
07:00 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:30
Opening Presentation
Moderator(s) Leah Davies, Manaka Consulting Ltd.
Speaker(s) Andrew Wigston, Natural Resources Canada; Jay Williams, Weatherford


NRCAN/WIA Technology Road Map

Andrew Wigston, Natural Resources Canada;Jay Williams, Weatherford; 

08:30 - 10:00
Session 5: Cost Savings in Area-Based Closure Projects
Session Chairpersons Kary Cuthill, Katerra Engineering Ltd. ; Michelle van der Burgh, CNRL
Speaker(s) Ryan Munro, CNRL; Martin Fleming, Dynamic Risk; Mohamed Refaei, MNRF

Area-Based Closure (ABC) is a new industry wide initiative designed to lower closure costs through improved regulatory effectiveness and increased operational efficiency. 

This session explores a recent case study from CNRL highlighting some of the operational efficiencies that can be gained through area-focused closure programs, the importance and impact of quality data on ABC decision making, and how non-conventional decommissioning of low-risk wells can save money without sacrificing environmental outcomes.


  1. Examples of Area-Based Closure Successes, and the Opportunities for Efficiencies with High-Density Site Closure
  • Ryan Munro, Canadian Natural Resources Limited. (CNRL)


  1. Data Management and its Impact on Area-Based Abandonment
  • Martin Fleming, Dynamic Risk


  1. Non-Conventional Decommissioning Practices for Low-Risk Oil and Gas Wells 
  • Mohamed Refaei, Ministry of Natural Resources and Foresty (MNRF)
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 6: Knowledge Sharing: Moving Beyond Confidentiality and Competitiveness
Session Chairpersons Dwayne Cooper, Performance Energy Services Inc.; Heidy Rodriguez, University of Calgary
Speaker(s) Marc Godin, Portfire Associates (PTAC); Brian Lemoine, Esso (IMPERIAL); Aaron Cahill, University of British Columbia


  1. Summary on Workshop Outcomes
  • Marc Godin, Portfire Associates (PTAC)


  1. Gas Migration Study
  • Brian Lemoine, ESSO (IMPERIAL)


  1. TBA
  • Aaron Cahill, University of British Columbia
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:30
Session 7: Analysis of Abandonment Techniques, Alberta and Beyond
Session Chairpersons Anar Gamza, Shell Canada; Peter Kret, Cenovus Energy
Speaker(s) Ekene Ogbechie, Helix Energy Solutions Group; Bryce Levett, DNV GL USA Inc.


  1. Alternate Approach to P&A     
  • Ekene Ogbechie, Helix Energy Solutions Group
  1. North Sea Abandonment Case Study
  • Bryce Levett, DNV GL USA, Inc.
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:30
Session 8: Panel Session: Analysis of Well Design and Maintenance with the End in Mind
Moderator(s) Leah Davies, Manaka Consulting Ltd. ;Blair Rogers, WestLake Energy Corp.