SPE Global Integrated Workshop Series: Managing Well Integrity in a Low Cost Oil Environment 6 - 7 Feb 2017 Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Abu Dhabi, UAE

About the Workshop

The global well population is growing, energy demands are increasing and value challenge of new and existing developments on all frontiers are present in the current market. The current tight margins and the accompanying budget restrictions along with the introduction of several regulatory updates are believed to be a formidable challenge to the industry.

The challenges are universal and all operators need to address the growing issues. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Well integrity management of ageing brownfields
  • Extending the well life cycle while effectively maximising production and return
  • Addressing the growing abandonment liabilities and associated costs
  • Ensuring transparency to key stakeholders that well integrity issues are being addressed

These ageing asset issues can be compounded by known factors such as corrosion, fatigue, and subsidence, but their resolution in a low cost environment with more prescriptive regulations will require a collaborative effort to advance. For the industry to flourish, the global workforce must embrace well integrity, increase awareness of the issues, and build technical competence to proactively address these issues.

The event objective is to embrace the above topics with presentations around best practices and case histories with breakout sessions that provide discussion in greater detail to get a coherent understanding of the challenges. These may lead to new technology development or new applications of existing technologies.

Who Should Attend The Workshop?

This workshop is a limited attendance meeting for up to 150 delegates, designed for professionals in the oil & gas industry who are involved in the well’s life cycle management. The sessions will explore well integrity over the life cycle which includes well planning, design, construct, operation, intervention, maintenance, and abandonment. The workshop hopes to attract a balanced mix of regional operators, service providers, regulators and other disciplines to enhance the exchange of information, ideas, and technologies.

Workshop Objectives and Deliverables

This workshop has been designed to maximise opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing and learning. The event will concentrate on well integrity with a deeper review of design, diagnostics, repair, risk assessment and mitigation, risk management, lesson learnt and P&A.

Each session will begin with selected presentations, followed by the opportunity for detailed discussions, case studies and group work activities. The workshop will build on successes and opportunities for collaboration of O&G producers, service providers and regulators with a clear roadmap to the future to improve overall well integrity management of wells.

Workshop Guidelines


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.


  • 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.

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.


Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve 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.

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.


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.

About SPE

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