About this Workshop
Geothermal wells encounter a range of aggressive conditions including the saline and low pH of Salton Sea geothermal resource; acid gas containing wells at Geysers; and acidic two-phase fluids in Indonesia and The Philippines. Aggressive, high pressure, high temperature, and corrosive geothermal resources encountered around the “ring of fire” and other hot spots such as Iceland and Kenya offer an analog to extreme conditions currently being faced in HP/HT oil and gas upstream Exploration and Production (E&P) projects. At the same time, there is a variety of advanced drilling, well completion, scaling and corrosion control technologies deployed in E&P that would be beneficial to geothermal applications. To tap into these natural synergies, SPE and GRC have teamed up to develop an Applied Technology Workshop on High-Temperature and Corrosion in Drilling and Production. This joint workshop will bring together researchers, engineers, and field technicians concerned with Upstream E&P, Corrosion and Scaling, and Geothermal Energy. Exploring themes common to these related fields through case studies and applications, this event hopes to improve the ability to develop downhole resources safely and efficiently.
Topics for discussion include:
- High temperature drilling techniques,
- Well completion technologies,
- Cements and casing materials for extreme conditions,
- Borehole measurement and reservoir characterization tools,
- Corrosion and scaling challenges - innovative chemical application,
- Optimized production equipment and conditions,
- Power generation options; processes and materials,
- Downstream scale control and mineral extraction techniques,
- Advances in H2S abatement,
- Reinjection well technologies.