Well Abandonment and Integrity Overview

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Course Description

For this 1-day course, we will present topics at an intermediate level, with opportunities for deeper exploration through participant questions. 


    • Why well integrity matters
    • Drilling design for integrity
    • Well abandonment process outline
    • Methods and importance of assessing flow rate
    • Choosing appropriate logging methods
    • Planning and performing your intervention
    • Accessing flow sources
    • Squeeze options and techniques
    • Evaluating intervention effectiveness

At the end of the course, attendees will learn best practices as well as an overview of new technologies applicable to well abandonment, and strategies for planning an abandonment program.

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Benefit from over 50 years of experience and find out how industry leaders are planning and executing abandonment programs. 

Who Attends

Those who wish to learn strategies to better plan and execute well abandonment as well as those who are interested in strategies to improve full life-cycle well integrity.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14 day window will not be refunded.  Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.

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John Slofstra, Senior Mentor of Petroleum Engineers

Slofstra is one of Canada’s foremost well abandonment experts. A Founding Director of the Canadian Society of Gas Migration, Slofstra is in demand as an expert on identifying and shutting off sources of gas. Over his 40-year career, his personal record is abandoning over 1,000 wells in a single continuous program.

Corrosion mitigation and innovative cementing practices are some of Slofstra's areas of special interest. From both the office and the field, Slofstra has extensive experience with nearly every well integrity technology available.

Peter Wallis P.Eng., Founder of Petroleum Motors

A 15-year veteran of the Calgary oil and gas community, Wallis has distinguished himself as a technical leader with a talent for inter-discipline communication. Unique primary cementing practices, particularly in wells with losses is an area of particular interest.