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Finding, Assessing and Abandoning or Repurposing Orphan & Idle Wells

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

The 2021 US Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will allocate some $4.7B to the States, the Federal land management agencies and the Tribes to fund the plugging and remediation of 100,000+ documented orphaned wells in the USA over the next decade. It is, therefore, pertinent to discuss the technologies and best practices that could help with these initiatives.

This webinar will discuss:

The use of drone deployed magnetometer surveys to find the exact location of old wells in wooded terrain.
The data challenges in assessing the condition of orphan wells and planning for equipment access and re-entry operations, which generally implies that abandonment is a more likely path than re-use.
The data management challenges with wells that have repeatedly passed from one Operating Company to another.
Evaluating potential opportunities and functional specifications for the re-use of suspended wells.

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  • 1Finding, Assessing and Abandoning or Repurposing Orphan & Idle Wells - Chapter 1
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Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits


Jason Simmerman
Robert Lowe
Tim Sorenson
Todd Boesiger