“Managing Late Life Wells to Maximise Value & Optimise Abandonment”

Call for Abstracts – Deadline 31 January 2018

The SPE Aberdeen Late Life and Abandonment Conference is focused on maximising recovery from late-life wells, planning for abandonment, optimising abandonment operations and formulating what is required for post-abandonment monitoring. The conference, which is in its 8th year, will benefit from bringing together those specialising in the areas of production optimisation, well integrity and those focused on abandonment operations from major operators, service companies and regulators.

The workshop will promote the sharing of innovative practices in these areas and promote collaboration across the spectrum of late-life production and well abandonment.  Emphasis will be placed on best practice for maximising recovery, planning for abandonment and innovative abandonment solutions.

Attendees will hear about the latest updates to the OGUK Well Integrity and Well Abandonment Guidelines and ongoing work in production stewardship.  Representatives of regulators and operator practitioners will provide clarification of guidelines, with discussion sessions to address issues and concerns.  Active participation is expected.

We would like to hear value demonstrations and case histories and are now inviting 200 word abstracts to build a strong technical programme from which we will select a series of 20 minute presentations on themes including, but not limited to:

Maximising Late-life Recovery / Stewardship

  • Cost effective well intervention and production enhancement – before abandonment becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
  • How do we know if we are ready for a P&A Campaign?
  • Developing a subsurface isolation strategy – policies and strategies to be followed
  • When to do phased abandonment: pre- and post-CoP.
  • Opex and Abex decision making for facilities maintenance and interfaces

Managing Late-life Well Integrity

  • Well integrity through to abandonment – annulus monitoring, annulus charging, surface casing failure, novel repairs, making wells safe
  • Managing non-standard wells – HPHT, PWRI, gas storage, carbon storage
  • Dealing with ageing and failures – systems to screen and monitor well integrity and risk assess failures
  • Hazard recognition and risk normalisation
  • Optimising well and facility maintenance based on well status

Planning for optimal Well Abandonment

  • Designing for low cost and efficient P&A execution
  • Utilising Subsurface expertise for barrier placement definition
  • Gathering the right data to help make execution decisions
  • Fit for purpose design, regulatory engagement, balancing standards and guidelines, ALARP principles

Best possible execution

  • Campaigns and their benefits
  • New Technology case histories and adding value by investing in solutions
  • Case histories and lessons learned
  • Cost effective technologies and methods for low cost post P&A monitoring Abstracts will close in January 2018

    To submit your 200 word abstract for consideration before the deadline, visit or contact or contact the events team on 01224 646311.  Please note, full SPE papers are not required. 


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