Advanced HPHT Cementing

Drilling and Completions


The course introduces the unique aspects and issues surrounding HPHT cementing.

At the end of this course, delegates should be able to demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the following:

  • Introduction to HPHT
  • Cementing challenges in HPHT wells (Zonal Isolation, Lost Circulation, Chemistry and Geology)
  • How to find a fit for purpose Cement Solution in HPHT wells
  • Laboratory testing and Gap Analysis (API and non API procedures)

Course Agenda

Day 1

  • Primary cementing overview
  • Cementing additives
  • Mud removal
  • Introduction to HPHT
  • Cementing challenges in HPHT wells
  • Zonal isolation, lost circulation, chemistry, and geology

Day 2

  • Cementing challenges in HPHT wells - zonal isolation, lost circulation, chemistry, and geology
  • Laboratory testing and Gap Analysis (API and non API procedures)
  • Design examples
  • On site job execution and best practices
  • Open discussion and feedback session

Learning Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

Cementing is the backbone of the drilling operations it is of a paramount importance and must be looked at very seriously by the O&G industry to avoid any catastrophic incidents.

Who Should Attend

  • Drilling and completion engineers
  • Petrophysicists
  • Production engineers
  • Well integrity engineers
  • Any other individuals who would like to learn about cementing HPHT wells


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Salim Taoutaou is the Schlumberger’s Well Services Well Integrity and Cementing Domain Manager; he is looking after all the technical matters across all the Asia Pacific countries. Salim has been involved in the oil industry for over seventeen years; he spent most of his time in the North Sea, the Middle East and Asia where he held technical and managerial roles. He has an extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of oilfield operations, as well as specialized knowledge in cementing and well integrity. In addition to authoring some 20 SPE papers, Salim has also written numerous technical papers and articles for various oil and gas industry publications. He has been involved in the development of several cementing technologies and holds several patents in these areas.

Salim has very active with SPE; he served in different steering committees, cochairman, and committee member participant and discussion leader on several SPE Advanced Technology Workshops, SPE Forum Series and Technical Conferences.

He is also a member of the SPE Asia Pacific Training Committee as well as a training instructor for SPE and Schlumberger‘s NExT. Salim holds an MS in mechanical engineering.