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SPE Symposium: Well Integrity Management
21–22 May 2024 | Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia




  1. 30 mins

    Welcome Remarks:


    Najeeb I. Al-Abdulrahman
    Symposium Chairperson
    Vice President and Chief Drilling Engineer
    Drilling Engineering

  1. 60 mins

    Well integrity management is nothing new. Futureproofing well integrity with a sustainable mindset represents a model shift in the oil and gas industry. This holistic approach encompasses the well's journey, from design and drilling to decommissioning. This panel addresses multiple aspects of sustainability, profoundly impacting our economy, environmental footprint, and resource utilisation.

    Efficient, well integrity management through a sustainable model will reduce operational costs and lead to economic benefits, minimising the industry's environmental footprint, conserving resources, and mitigating ecological disturbances, especially for existing challenges, including unconventional reservoirs, HPHT environment, and ERD.

    Throughout the panel, industry experts will discuss the existing challenges, trends, and technology advancements aimed at improving operational efficiency and safety. This aligns perfectly with our dedication to fostering a more sustainable energy future.

    As we contemplate what is next, the integration of sustainability into well integrity management stands as a compelling catalyst for positive change toward eco-friendly economically viable energy solutions.
  1. 90 mins

    This technical session delves into the multifaceted domain of well design, planning, and construction in the oil and gas industry, focusing specifically on the paramount aspects of well integrity and sustained casing pressure. Addressing the pivotal challenges faced in this critical phase, the session explores innovative solutions and improvements that enhance safety, efficiency, and environmental stewardship.

    Through a comprehensive examination of real-world case studies and the latest industry advancements, attendees will gain valuable insights into mitigating integrity risks, optimising well designs, and achieving precise surface casing pressure control. Key topics include advanced cementing techniques, wellbore stability analysis, robust casing programmes, and cutting-edge technologies for monitoring and managing sustained casing pressure.

    This session serves as a vital knowledge-sharing platform for industry professionals, researchers, and engineers, fostering collaborative discussions aimed at elevating well construction practices and ensuring the long-term sustainability of oil and gas operations.

    Primary 11:30

    Advancing Well Integrity: Investigating the Role of External Protective Coatings in Strengthening Casing-Cement Bond
    Mohammed Alibrahim, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 11:50

    Metal Expandable Packer Isolating Shallow Water Aquifers on a Middle East Appraisal Well 
    Paul hazel, Welltec

    Primary 12:10

    An Innovative Approach for Optimising Remedial Cement Squeeze Operation with a Mechanical Port Collar 
    Muhammad Hasan, ENPRO Oil & Gas

    Primary 12:30

    Well Design, Drilling, and Completion Challenges of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) Disposal Deep Wells with Emphasis to Mitigate Long-Term Well Integrity Issues
    Ans, Muhammad A., Saudi Aramco


    Novel Approach to Cementing Production Liners in Deep HPHT Gas Wells With Narrow Subsurface Pressure Windows
    Faizan Ahmed Siddiqi, SLB


    Innovative Solutions for Zonal Isolation Challenges in a Middle East Reservoir with Narrow Operating Windows
    Edgar Antonio Quintero Natera, National Energy Services Reunited Corporation (NESR)


    Well Integrity Assurance through the use of a Hydraulically Set Metal Expandable Packer with the Port Collar
    Atallah Alharbi, Saudi Aramco


  1. 60 mins
  1. 90 mins

    This session focuses on tackling key well integrity challenges throughout the operational phase. Topics to be addressed include barrier verification, failure analysis, sustained casing pressure, thermal expansion, analysis of fluids and gases, and effective casing leak and corrosion management. Critical solutions involving casing and cementing are highlighted for maintaining integrity in adverse conditions. Additionally, the session explores essential well intervention and workover strategies, providing remedies for integrity breaches and methods to enhance productivity and lifespan. The session also examines the latest advancements in well integrity assessments, encompassing initial stage, periodic, risk-based, and real-time monitoring approaches to preempt potential issues. Furthermore, discussions will delve into industry-specific regulations and environmental considerations shaping modern well integrity practices.

    Primary 14:00

    Fitness for Service of 13CrS and Q-125 OCTG Material for Sour Service 
    Stephan Hatscher, Harald Tlatik, Stale Johnsen, Wintershall Dea

    Primary 14:20

    Solving Sustained Casing Pressure Problems at the Source
    Jerry Minor, Wellcem

    Primary 14:40

    Well Integrity Restoration by controlling very high upward cross flow through casing leak using Modified Liner Tie-Back Equipment
    Mohamed Mousa El-Nekhily, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 15:00

    Unconventional Solution for Well Operation and Maintenance: A Successful Case History of Surface and Downhole Leak Repair Using Robust Chemical Sealant
    Mohamad Kamil Bin Saharuddin, Hyperseal Solutions SDN BHD


    Comparative Analysis of Premium Connections Exposed to Sweet and Sour Gas Environments
    Faisal Khalid AlSwailem, Saudi Aramco


    Case-Study: Regain Integrity of Down Hole Safety Valve (DHSV) Control Line with Rigless Cure: Reducing Rig Carbon Footprint, Decarbonising While Managing Well Integrity Activities
    Syed Farhan Bin Khalid, ADNOC


    Repair of Production Packer Leaks Riglessly Using Thermosetting Resin
    Rasho Alo, Wellcem


  1. 30 mins

    ePoster Presentations

    CO2 Storage Wells: Surface Design and Considerations for CO2 Injection Operations 
    Hamzh Albar, Saudi Aramco

    Challenges and Solutions: Exploring Limitations of the Three-Media Model in Coated Casing Cement Bond Assessment Using Pulse Echo Tools
    Peter I. Egbe, Saudi Aramco

    Successful Recovery of Well Integrity Before Rig Entry Using Reversible Cross Linker Solution in The Balingian Basin 
    Nurul Aiman Bte Karim, Setegap Ventures Petroleum Sdn Bhd

    Advancement in Casing Leak Repairs and Scab-Off to Restore Well Integrity Through Data Management Techniques
    Ahmed Ghaffar, Saudi Aramco

    Challenges in Performing Coiled Tubing Zonal Isolation in a Well with Integrity Complication and the Probable Low-Cost Solutions; A Case Study in Balingian Basin
    Nurul Aiman Bte Karim, Setegap Ventures Petroleum Sdn Bhd


  1. 90 mins

    The well abandonment and decommissioning is a critical phase of a well life cycle which involves ceasing operations, plugging wells, dismantling facilities, and restoring the environment to its original state. Operators must ensure the wells are safely abandoned in a cost-effective manner to ensure environmental sustainability. However, this presents several challenges, including regulatory compliance, technology limitations, and financial considerations as over 45% of the decommissioning cost is related to P&A of the wells. This section provides an overview of these challenges and proposes potential improvements, comprehending advanced technologies, and improved supply chain approaches to address the complexities associated with the P&A phase. By focusing on innovation and collaboration, the industry can minimise adverse effects and optimise the process, ensuring a more sustainable future for both the industry and the environment.

    Primary 16:00

    Identify, Remediate and Verify Cross Sectional Cement Barriers for Permanent Well P&A
    Fernando Zapata Bermudez, Archer

    Primary 16:20

    Eliminating Sustained Annulus Pressure and Continuous Gas Effluent During Plug and Abandonment. An Innovative Approach.  
    Yazeed S. AlQahtani, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 16:40

    Risk-Based, Integrity Assessment of Suspended and Plugged and Abandoned Wells
    Morteza Sefat, Stephen Patterson, Heriot Watt University, Sevenpoint Engineering

    Primary 17:00

    Update on utilizing RockSolid Exothermic Reaction Technology to Create an Eternal seal in Wells to be Permanently Abandoned
    Corey Hoffman, Interwell


    Maximise Well Integrity during Plug and Abandonment Through Perforate and Wash Operation
    Mauricio Betancourt / Abdulrahman Tayar, Saudi Aramco 


    TRSSSV Tubing Annulus isolation Tool to Serve as a Downhole Barrier
    Oktay Suleymanov, Saudi Aramco


  1. 60 mins

    In this panel, we will explore the dynamic and evolving landscape of well integrity, its need to be revolutionised as we move towards a longer well life.

    Our discussions will spotlight the important role of well integrity and the requirements to sustain and maintain well integrity in an era where wells usage is rapidly changing. Different forces are at play in a CCUS and geothermal environment, leading to the requirement to look at well integrity with new eyes to drive sustainability and decarbonisation forward. We delve into the critical importance of investigating the unknowns and examine how circular economy principles are reshaping well integrity practices, including regulatory frameworks requirements, technical innovation, risk reduction, uncertainty management to ensure long sustainable well-life.

    Furthermore, we'll showcase the transformative potential of IR 4.0 technologies, including Big Data and AI, in enhancing well integrity assurance from experts at the forefront of sustainability, driving innovation in well integrity for a more efficient future.
  1. 90 mins

    This session explores the cutting-edge developments in CCS technologies and their pivotal role in ensuring the long-term integrity of wellbore systems. Carbon capture and storage have emerged as a critical strategy in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. In this session, experts from the petroleum industry will discuss innovative approaches to capture and sequester CO2 emissions from energy production processes, reducing their environmental footprint. The session will emphasise the significance of well integrity in CCS projects, addressing challenges related to wellbore sealing, monitoring, and risk assessment. Key topics include the latest advancements in wellbore materials and design, equipment and cementing practices and monitoring techniques. Attendees will gain insights into best practices and lessons learned from successful CCS initiatives and gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal role that well integrity plays in ensuring the safe and efficient deployment of CCS technologies.

    Join us for this technical session to explore how CCS and well integrity assurance is shaping the future of sustainable energy production while minimising environmental impact.

    Primary 10:30

    Material and Equipment Testing Methodology in Simulated CO2 Storage and Transportation Environments Using Test Flow Loop Facility
    Lia Khasanova, Welltec

    Primary 10:50

    Modeling CO2 Dispersion from Injection Wells: A Study on Enhancing Well Integrity and Predictive Accuracy in CCUS 
    Mohamed Abdalla, Texas A&M University

    Primary 11:10

    Re-Purposing Suspended Wells for CO2 SequestrationTaking Advantage of Drilling Engineering Technical Challenges and Opportunities
    Huzefa Shabbir Slatewala, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 11:30

    Life Cycle Well Integrity of CO2 Storage Wells: Critical Risk/Engineering Factors for Success
    Talibuddin Syed, Talib Syed and Associates


    Managing dual barriers during CCUS Well dry-re-completions in Continental Europe.
    Ron Maatjes, Interwell


    CCUS Wells Basis of Design Within Well Integrity and Life Cycle of the Well Emphasis 
    Dautmammet Rejepov, Saudi Aramco


  1. 60 mins
  1. 90 mins

    Geothermal energy has become an integral component of the energy mix, gaining prominence in recent years as a sustainable source of energy.

    This session focuses on the critical aspect of well integrity within geothermal energy wells and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), ensuring the integrity of these wells is paramount for both safety and efficiency.

    Factors such as extreme temperatures, corrosive fluids, and complex subsurface conditions pose unique challenges that necessitate robust engineering solutions. Through a comprehensive review of well construction techniques, materials selection, monitoring systems, fluids design, and maintenance strategies, this session provides insights into the best practices for achieving and maintaining well integrity in geothermal energy wells.

    Primary 13:00

    Keynote Speaker
    Abdulla A. Al-Jabr, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 13:20

    Geothermal Exploratory Well Design Considerations Targeting Sedimentary Formation
    Asim Alkhuwayr, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 13:40

    Enhancing Geothermal Wells Integrity: Key Considerations and Challenges from Drilling to Production
    Mahmoud Magdy AlGaiar, Baker Hughes


    Drilling "Hot and Deep" Geothermal Wells, Challenges, and Solutions
    Fernando Zapata Bermudez, Archer


    Analysis of Varying Micro-annulus Size on Cement Evaluation
    Abdulaziz Salih Bazaid, Saudi Aramco


  1. 30 mins

    ePoster Presentations

    Innovative Techniques for Managing Sustained Annulus Pressure in Highly Fractured Carbonate Field 
    Ahmed Al Adawi, Petroleum Development Oman

    Innovative 3D Approach in Well Barrier Management
    Andrey Yugay, ADNOC

    Enhancing Well Integrity and Operational Efficiency in Cementing Operations: The Transformative Impact of Real-Time Cement Evaluation Software (RTCES)
    Ahmed Mohammed Otudi, Saudi Aramco

    Cost and Operational Optimization of Utilizing FMH Wellhead System
    Abdulaziz Alalyani, Saudi Aramco

    Innovative Technologies for Rigless Well Integrity Surveillance and Control: Integrating Smart Barrier Systems and Industry 4.0 in Annulus Pressure Control
    Rylan DSouza, Interwell


  1. 90 mins

    nsuring the lifecycle integrity of wells is of utmost importance for the safety, environmental responsibility, and economic viability of diverse energy and resource extraction projects. As we navigate the transition towards a more sustainable future, the significance of well integrity cannot be emphasised enough. Industry stakeholders are actively embracing digitalisation, standards, and best practices to ensure well integrity throughout the lifecycle, with the overarching goal of enhancing sustainability while maintaining compliance.

    The session is dedicated to exploring and fostering innovative technologies that advance well integrity across three critical domains:

    • Monitoring, Control, and Management
    • Surveillance
    • Barrier Verification

    Key discussion points include:

    • Utilising Industry 4.0 technologies to enhance remote and autonomous control systems, sensors, valves, and other relevant components.
    • Harnessing the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence for comprehensive well integrity analysis, timely alerts, and intuitive data visualisation.
    • Implementing systems that minimise the need for intervention or enable rigless deployment, reducing operational disruptions.
    • Exploring technologies capable of diagnosing complex tubular integrity challenges, providing operators with actionable assessments that facilitate decision-making.
    • Innovations in smart barrier systems designed to minimise interventions, activate remote tools, and offer real-time verification of barrier integrity.
    Primary 15:00

    Next-Generation Monitoring: 15K psi Rated Permanent Downhole Monitoring System (PDHMS) with Distributed Fibre Optic Sensing (DFOS) Technology for Well Integrity and Operational Optimisation
    Ans, Muhammad A., Suresh Jacobs, Saif Kazi, Saudi Aramco

    Primary 15:20

    Pioneering Digital Cementing Solutions and Workflow Integration in KSA
    Manuel Ignacio Yanes Angarita, SLB

    Primary 15:40

    A Case Study on the Importance of Well Surveillance When Evaluating Alternative Barrier Technologies
    Paul Lynch, Well-Sense Technology Limited

    Primary 16:00

    Unraveling Concentric Casing Failures: Insights from Two Decades of Investigative Endeavours
    Peter I. Egbe, Saudi Aramco


    Lessons Learnt in World's Largest Caliper Project in Gas Wells
    Muhammad Khalid Azim, Taqa oilfields services


    Analysis Behind Casing a Solution to Improve Well Remedial Interventions
    Cristian Gualancanay, SLB


    Sectorial Scanning Electromagnetic Logging Opens up New Frontiers in Downhole Corrosion Identification
    Ahmed Abdulghani, Saudi Aramco