About the Symposium
The main objective of well integrity is to prevent the uncontrolled release of formation fluids throughout the life cycle of a well. While this objective may seem to be relatively straight-forward, achieving this can indeed be quite challenging, especially for wells in thermal operations where the well components and surrounding formations experience extreme temperature variations, thermal-induced loads, corrodents and operational conditions, with many of the factors and damage mechanisms yet to be understood given the challenges of the downhole environment.
The design considerations early in the planning phase should consider the reliability of those components during the well construction, installation, operation, servicing and decommissioning phases of a thermal wells life. Each of these phases bring their own unique challenges and difficulties that need to be suitably addressed with the actions effectively implemented and monitored to make sure well integrity is maintained at all times. Technical challenges, such as tubular behavior under post yield conditions; interaction between the wellbore and the formations; cement systems and tubulars under thermal loading/cycles; and the impact of production optimization and sand control designs to the overall well life-cycle requires a collaborative effort from the industry to share their learnings.
In addition to technical challenges, our industry is also facing a transformation where utilization of data management tools is essential in order to process all the information collected and to make the best use of available resources. If we improve on all of these considerations, we will be able to make smarter decisions related to the impact of design of components for well efficiency and deliverability while maintaining well availability and integrity.
Join your fellow SPE members, including thermal Operators and industry experts engaged in the wide range of topics and specializations related to well design and integrity at this year’s 2019 SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium. This annual technical gathering continues to be one of the premier industry events of the thermal well community where attendees share their recent experiences, solutions and on-going challenges associated with the design, drilling, operation and decommissioning of thermal wells.