SPE Workshop: Decommissioning - Innovative Approaches to Shallow Water Platforms and Wells 23 - 24 Oct 2017 Hilton Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About This Workshop

Decommissioning, taken in the context of simply being the reverse of construction, is far from the truth and often misleading.  The reality is, it happens to be one of the biggest challenges and liabilities in the oil and gas industry. With fields being marginal or below economic threshold, coupled with stricter regulations, operators tend to delay or give little attention to their commitment to decommissioning.  In the current low oil price environment and uncertainties, well and facilities decommissioning activities are now requiring innovative approaches to keep the cost down and allow operators to fulfil their commitments while maintaining investment programmes in ongoing producing assets.

The technical challenges for facilities decommissioning revolve around the structures final disposal, including alternative usages.  For wells abandonment, the goal is to provide the equivalent of a rock-to-rock seal across the wellbore system as an eternal barrier.  Improper abandonment execution may lead to later serious HSE consequences. Thus the primary objectives of decommissioning is to ensure compliance with relevant international and local legislation and regulation, while finding the best practicable environmental option which minimises the future risks for other users of the sea. The interpretation and application of the decommissioning law and regulations and well P&A standards will determine the final work scope.

The industry is seeking out-of-the-box approaches to mitigate all these challenges, specifically, in shallow water environment where abandonment activities ought to have wider options technically, with less complicated and cheaper as compared to deep water facilities or those with subsea trees. Hence it is imperative that innovative and creative solutions are explored to turn decommissioning projects into a more cost-effective option. Decommissioning is undeniably a complicated and much debated topic, thus requiring extensive knowledge and experience to understand the practices and challenges involved to ensure efficient operations and economics.

Workshop Objectives 

The goal of this workshop is to provide an avenue for presentations and engaged discussions in trying to achieve verified well isolations i.e. decommissioning of shallow water wells at sustainable levels for the future and to prosper efficient removal of facilities by exploring innovative and potential cost-effective means of doing things in the current economic outlook. We shall focus on more on what are currently available, and what are emerging technology and practices to drive the cost down.

Workshop Guidelines


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. Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

The committee will prepare a full report containing highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees. PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on a specific SPE URL address and is available to attendees after the workshop. Provision of the materials by discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Attendee Survey Form.

Continuing Education Units

This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.


In keeping with the Workshop objectives and the SPE mission, excessive 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.

Attendee Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be sent to delegates upon registration.


Delegates are advised to book their international or domestic airline tickets early from their country/city to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Delegates travelling to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent or the Malaysian Embassy for information on visa requirements to Malaysia before your departure.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.

Speaking Opportunities