SPE Thermal Well Integrity and Design Symposium

Date: 27-Nov-18 to 29-Nov-18
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs / Banff / Canada
Category: Energy Conferences & Trade Fairs

In the tightening economic window our industry is facing, effective thermal well design and integrity has never been more critical than it is today. It is paramount that well integrity is considered throughout the entire lifecycle of a well, from its initial design to abandonment. Making smart technical decisions related to well design is crucial and can have a significant impact on well integrity, well longevity, and project economics. Well Integrity Management Systems (WIMS) can assist with these challenges provided that they are structured as much more than dashboards and data management tools. WIMS that include technical, operational, and organizational processes assist thermal operators in ensuring that well integrity is at the forefront and diligently managed throughout the well life cycle through proactive risk management.

Well construction and servicing in thermal assets has evolved from large-scale greenfield projects to brownfield projects requiring innovative re-entry and infill well trajectories and completion designs, reservoir condition risk identification and well interventions and inspection technologies for an aging well set. Thermal well design requires consideration not only to the initial well construction phase but also into production operations, especially during transient conditions such as startup, restart, shut-in, and changing reservoir/geo-mechanical conditions. Sand control design and production optimization are key focuses. The industry also looks at the challenge of repurposing wells to extend a well's life as well as addressing well integrity conditions at the end of life. This calls for innovative technology and often engaging discussions with local regulators to take steps to ensure that well integrity and compliance to regulations are maintained.

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