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SPE Webinar Series: Virtual Workshop - Transatlantic Plugging and Abandonment Operations

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT
Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT

One size doesn’t fit all, and land is the one space where we can go for cheap and effective, without forgetting the expensive and effective when it is required. Being able to assign resources to the wells that most need them and ensuring that we can fix wells the first time around without expensive trial-and-error will be a key factor for the financial health of the Oil & Gas industry, will spur the development and adaptation of frugal technologies, and support the growth of a rich ecosystem of suppliers of services and products.

Delegates from license holders, operators, regulators, and service companies will benefit from discussing past successes and future challenges. Players in higher-cost provinces can also contribute – and bring home a few tricks on how to save costs and improve performance.

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Full schedule

Day 1-Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT

Session 1: Best Practices in P&A (a regulatory approach)

1400-1530 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Steven Canny

Session Description: Engineers like to differentiate and create custom solution to suit specific risk profiles. At the same time they relish a level playing field, with the same regulatory approach worldwide so that solutions developed in e.g., Alberta can be applied in Algeria with a minimum of red tape. How can we help spread best practice and standards? Join the session to discuss the trade-off between custom fit and country specific regulation when assuring integrity for a very, very long time.


1530-1600: Coffee Break


Session 2: Monitoring Abandoned Wells (TA and PP&A), finding and fixing the worst offenders

1600-1730 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Pierre Edouard Vincent

Session Description: How do we manage a legacy of wells of which we often know very little? How can we prioritize efforts to manage the leakage risk? How do we minimize the impact old wells can have on the environment? Is there a tolerable (i.e., ALARP) leak rate for plugged wells? These are among the questions discussed during this session.


1730-1800: Coffee Break


Session 3: Future-Proofing P&A

1800-1930 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Hunter Dunham

Session Description: In an evolving field with infinite opportunities for subsurface utilization, how should we go about plugging and retiring wells today with consideration for the future? How can we make this end-of-life operation cost effective? Should it be “cost effective” or no expense spared”? What are the critical elements to target for a P&A to be truly permanent? It is imperative we discuss these challenges and prevent critical events when our abandoned wells will be impacted by future development.

Day 2- Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT

Session 4: Design considerations, including CCS

1400-1530 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Katherine Beltran Jimenez

Session Description: Restoring the caprock using cement. Easy. Except: where exactly do we set the two eternal barriers? What are the failure modes and the design scenarios we should follow? And how about alternative materials: do we get to shorten our isolation length? During this session we will discuss how to design robust barriers, especially when permeable formations pressure changes – because of water disposal or CO2 injection.


1530-1600: Coffee Break


Session 5: Integrity verification for eternity and beyond

1600-1730 [UTC +0]

Session Description: Good log, good cement. How about a so-so log, say when theres a mud layer separating creeping shales and casing? Does it mean we must mill a section? It’s easy to figure out if there can be a blow-out, but how about a small gas leak? Do we actually need cement logs to verify hydraulic isolation? Come to this session to find out how to verify barriers, old and new, in your well.


1730-1800: Coffee Break


Session 6: Safe, Reliable, Repeatable, Efficient Operations

1800-1930 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Willem Boon, Steven Canny

Session Description: Across the globe, regulatory bodies are evaluating financial assurance requirements for oil and gas operations, leading many companies to realize that it is not profitable to take some wells to their final stage of life. This creates a large set of legacy wells that are passed on to previous title holders, joint venture partners, or even local government. If you are one of these entities and uncertain of where to start or how to manage a set of wells left at your front door, come listen to experts in mature asset field decommissioning and how it can be safely, reliably, and efficiently executed.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT

Session 7: Logging technology and data processing for P&A (including ML/AI)

1400 – 1530 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Pierre Edouard Vincent, Katherine Beltran Jimenez

Session Description: Novel logging tools for integrity. Leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence for interpretation.


1530-1600: Coffee Break


Session 8: Alternative Barrier Material Initiatives

1600-1730 [UTC +0]

Chairs: Bart Joppe, Baker Hughes and Johan Kverneland, TotalEnergies

Session Description: Development of new technology is key to reduce the Total Costs of Operation for well abandonment. Reducing the surface footprint from rig to rigless, and riser to riserless operations typically results in a lower overall well abandonment costs and environmental impact from operations. Improvements in barrier placement methodologies and downhole technologies are the enabler of, among other things, through-tubing well abandonment. This session will provide an overview of technology development and collaboration initiatives. Multiple speaker will share their perspectives and conclude with a panel discussion.

 

 

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  • 1SPE Webinar Series: Virtual Workshop - Transatlantic Plugging and Abandonment Operations-Day 1
    Media Type: Webinar

    One size doesn’t fit all, and land is the one space where we can really go for cheap and effective, without forgetting the expensive and effective when it is really required. Being able to assign resources to the wells that most need them and ensuring that we can fix wells the first time around without expensive trial-and-error will be a key factor for the financial health of the Oil & Gas industry, will spur the development and adaptation of frugal technologies, and support the growth of a rich ecosystem of suppliers of services and products. Delegates from license holders, operators, regulators, and service companies will benefit from discussing past successes and future challenges. Players in higher-cost provinces can also contribute – and bring home a few tricks on how to save costs and improve performance.


    Day 1-Tuesday, April 23, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT Session 1: Best Practices in P&A (a regulatory approach) 1400-1530 [UTC +0] Chairs: Steven Canny Session Description: Engineers like to differentiate and create custom solution to suit specific risk profiles. At the same time they relish a level playing field, with the same regulatory approach worldwide so that solutions developed in e.g., Alberta can be applied in Algeria with a minimum of red tape. How can we help spread best practice and standards? Join the session to discuss the trade-off between custom fit and country specific regulation when assuring integrity for a very, very long time.
    1530-1600: Coffee Break
    Session 2: Monitoring Abandoned Wells (TA and PP&A), finding and fixing the worst offenders 1600-1730 [UTC +0] Chairs: Pierre Edouard Vincent Session Description: How do we manage a legacy of wells of which we often know very little? How can we prioritize efforts to manage the leakage risk? How do we minimize the impact old wells can have on the environment? Is there a tolerable (i.e., ALARP) leak rate for plugged wells? These are among the questions discussed during this session.
    1730-1800: Coffee Break
    Session 3: Future-Proofing P&A 1800-1930 [UTC +0] Chairs: Hunter Dunham Session Description: In an evolving field with infinite opportunities for subsurface utilization, how should we go about plugging and retiring wells today with consideration for the future? How can we make this end-of-life operation cost effective? Should it be "cost effective" or no expense spared"? What are the critical elements to target for a P&A to be truly permanent? It is imperative we discuss these challenges and prevent critical events when our abandoned wells will be impacted by future development.

  • 2SPE Webinar Series: Virtual Workshop - Transatlantic Plugging and Abandonment Operations-Day 2
    Media Type: Webinar

    One size doesn’t fit all, and land is the one space where we can really go for cheap and effective, without forgetting the expensive and effective when it is really required. Being able to assign resources to the wells that most need them and ensuring that we can fix wells the first time around without expensive trial-and-error will be a key factor for the financial health of the Oil & Gas industry, will spur the development and adaptation of frugal technologies, and support the growth of a rich ecosystem of suppliers of services and products. Delegates from license holders, operators, regulators, and service companies will benefit from discussing past successes and future challenges. Players in higher-cost provinces can also contribute – and bring home a few tricks on how to save costs and improve performance.


    Day 2-Wednesday, April 24, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT Session 4: Design considerations, including CCS 1400-1530 [UTC +0] Chairs: Katherine Beltran Jimenez Session Description: Restoring the caprock using cement. Easy. Except: where exactly do we set the two eternal barriers? What are the failure modes and the design scenarios we should follow? And how about alternative materials: do we get to shorten our isolation length? During this session we will discuss how to design robust barriers, especially when permeable formations pressure changes - because of water disposal or CO2 injection.
    1530-1600: Coffee Break
    Session 5: Integrity verification for eternity and beyond 1600-1730 [UTC +0] Session Description: Good log, good cement. How about a so-so log, say when theres a mud layer separating creeping shales and casing? Does it mean we must mill a section? It’s easy to figure out if there can be a blow-out, but how about a small gas leak? Do we actually need cement logs to verify hydraulic isolation? Come to this session to find out how to verify barriers, old and new, in your well.
    1730-1800: Coffee Break
    Session 6: Safe, Reliable, Repeatable, Efficient Operations 1800-1930 [UTC +0] Chairs: Willem Boon, Steven Canny Session Description: Across the globe, regulatory bodies are evaluating financial assurance requirements for oil and gas operations, leading many companies to realize that it is not profitable to take some wells to their final stage of life. This creates a large set of legacy wells that are passed on to previous title holders, joint venture partners, or even local government. If you are one of these entities and uncertain of where to start or how to manage a set of wells left at your front door, come listen to experts in mature asset field decommissioning and how it can be safely, reliably, and efficiently executed.

  • 3SPE Webinar Series: Virtual Workshop - Transatlantic Plugging and Abandonment Operations-Day 3
    Media Type: Webinar

    One size doesn’t fit all, and land is the one space where we can really go for cheap and effective, without forgetting the expensive and effective when it is really required. Being able to assign resources to the wells that most need them and ensuring that we can fix wells the first time around without expensive trial-and-error will be a key factor for the financial health of the Oil & Gas industry, will spur the development and adaptation of frugal technologies, and support the growth of a rich ecosystem of suppliers of services and products. Delegates from license holders, operators, regulators, and service companies will benefit from discussing past successes and future challenges. Players in higher-cost provinces can also contribute – and bring home a few tricks on how to save costs and improve performance.


    Day 3-Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 08:00AM – 1:00PM CT Session 7: Logging technology and data processing for P&A (including ML/AI) 1400 - 1530 [UTC +0] Chairs: Pierre Edouard Vincent, Katherine Beltran Jimenez Session Description: Novel logging tools for integrity. Leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence for interpretation.
    1530-1600: Coffee Break
    Session 8: Alternative Barrier Material Initiatives 1600-1730 [UTC +0] Chairs: Bart Joppe, Baker Hughes and Johan Kverneland, TotalEnergies Session Description: Development of new technology is key to reduce the Total Costs of Operation for well abandonment. Reducing the surface footprint from rig to rigless, and riser to riserless operations typically results in a lower overall well abandonment costs and environmental impact from operations. Improvements in barrier placement methodologies and downhole technologies are the enabler of, among other things, through-tubing well abandonment. This session will provide an overview of technology development and collaboration initiatives. Multiple speaker will share their perspectives and conclude with a panel discussion.