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Improving safety in HPHT
Safety is an ever‐increasing concern in the high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) sector, with
organisations striving to understand how to balance risk and exposure alongside considerations for
emergency response and oil spill response.
One company aiming to solve potential problems before they even arise is the EFC Group, which has
been taking steps recently to expand its presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Most recently, the organisation secured a contract with the Al Ghaith Group for National Drilling
Company (NDC) Abu Dhabi worth £240,000, after the Aberdeen‐based company successfully
completed work onboard NDC's Al Hail jack‐up rig.
The organisation was responsible for supplying and installing a HPHT Monitoring System, part of the
Choke and Kill Manifold upgrade for its Khuff drilling schedule.
This latest contract means that the company, which designs and manufactures instrumentation,
monitoring, control and handling systems, has secured over £1million worth of UAE contracts in the
last 12 months.
Bob Will, EFC Group managing director, commented: "This significant contract win continues to
cement EFC as a niche supplier of bespoke systems for specialist areas such as Well Control. The UAE
currently accounts for 18 per cent of EFC orders and, along with the rest of the Middle East remains a
key target market for EFC growth."
He acknowledged that key challenges remain for organisations in the HPHT sector, namely the
suspension and abandonment of HPHT wells and understanding the technical challenges involved
and the required technologies.
With firms facing challenges such as assessing tubing and cementing requirements and effectively
managing uncertainty in pore pressure, fracture gradient and the transition zone, Mr Will said the
importance of HPHT safety will remain firmly under the spotlight, particularly in the Middle East.
"EFC are keen to continue investment in this important market, we have a resident engineer based in
Abu Dhabi supporting EFC's UAE clients, developing new business and building relationships," he
Other recent Middle East contracts signed by EFC include work for two semi‐subs, with one involving
a Well Control Monitoring System, a key upgrade to its Choke Control System and assistance it
meeting stringent international standards.
The second contract required a complete overhaul of the company's BOP Controls System, which EFC
specialises in, and Mr Will is aware that such jobs are only likely to increase in the coming months as
safety and risk management concerns are tackled.
Mr Will added: "Another encouraging product area for the EFC Group in this region is its Integrated
Marine Monitoring Systems (IMMS). A total of six IMMS Tank Gauging systems have been delivered
to NDC operated drilling rigs and we see a growing client base for the supply of these systems."
He added that the company will be using an upcoming industry conference to introduce its latest
Group offering, Mechanical Handling Solutions, as well as addressing the emerging Well Control and
HPHT market needs as Khuff drilling activity increases.
The importance of HPHT was most recently highlighted by Food & Water Europe, which renewed
calls for a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in Europe after BP admitted the oil industry is not
ready to deal with a subsea explosion in deep water.
Following BP's high‐profile oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP's chief executive Tony Hayward said the
reason the industry had not prepared for such an event was that "the risk was seen as being zero".
However, Gabriella Zanzanaini, director of European Affairs for Food and Water Europe, said the
same excuse is being given for operations in the North Sea, with oil companies are saying that the
risk of the same thing happening are almost impossible.
"BP claims to have no HPHT wells in deep water in the North Sea, but they are not the only
operators. The commission should take the fact that the entire industry is not yet capable of dealing
with a subsea explosion seriously and push the member states to enforce a moratorium on
deepwater drilling now."
With such calls now being made by industry figures on an increasingly regular basis, it is clear that
the subject of HPHT safety is unlikely to dip under the radar any time soon.
Source: Direct News 04/10/10
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Main conference: 24th & 25th November 2010
Pre-conference workshops: 23rd November 2010
Venue: Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen
Reduce risk and deliver optimal operational
success in your HPHT projects. Hear directly
from leading experts on key strategies to:
n Manage risk, plan for emergency response and assess the
critical safety factors for HPHT operations - with insight from
the HSE, Cameron McKenna and Marsh
n Ensure wellbore stability while drilling - Chevron Upstream Europe
share insight from the Erskine field
n Customise QA/QC procedures for your HPHT project - with
experience from the International Research Institute of Stavanger AS
n Drive advances in completions for HPHT deep tight gas wells -
Lukoil Saudi Arabia Energy Ltd bring case study experience of both
appraisal and exploration wells
n Optimise HPHT well design: From concept to well construction -
hear from Ed Mcfadden, Independent Consultant Engineer
Sponsors & Exhibitors:
A welcome note from the HPHT Programme Steering Committee…
Dear industry colleagues,
HPHT operations are integral to the growth of the oil and gas industry. Getting the most out of your HPHT operations requires
continuous learning and refinement of techniques and technologies to push the envelope as we continue to explore new areas,
face new challenges and capture opportunities.
The Programme Steering Committee came together in Aberdeen for extensive discussions to draw up the key topics for
the 2010 HPHT Wells Summit. We formulated an agenda with a number of new topics to cover this year including:
n Suspension and abandonment of HPHT wells
n Risk management, emergency response planning and safety of HPHT operations
n HPHT well design: From concept to well construction
n Effectively managing uncertainty in pore pressure, fracture gradient and the “transition zone”
n Delimiting the operational limits on drilling, logging & testing tools
Other major themes that have been highlighted for discussions at this year’s meeting include:
n Well architecture and delivering a safe HPHT well
n Well integrity challenges
n Emerging technologies and technology gaps for HPHT
n Operational considerations for HPHT well evaluations
The conference format is unique and mixes presentations, panel discussions, roundtables and workshops to ensure that you are
able to learn first-hand from the practical experience shared amongst both expert speakers and the wider delegate audience.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Andrew McHardy, Independent Consultant
Grant Affleck, Weatherford
Jean-Paul Stuyck, GDF Suez
HPHT Wells 2010 Programme Steering Committee
The 2010 speakers & panellists include:
Ed Mcfadden, Independent Consultant Engineer Tony Furniss, Regional Sales Manager, Enventure International LLC
Grant Moody, HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE Craig Hendrie, Managing Director, Plexus Ocean Systems
Raid Bu-Khamseem, KEC Company Steve Kirby, Drilling Engineer, Sasok Ltd
Joerg Zaske, Senior Geophysicist, Chevron Upstream Europe John Munningstomes, Senior Risk Engineer – Upstream, Marsh
Derek Charlton, HP/HT Drilling Manager, Maersk Oil Jan Burgess, Partner, Cameron McKenna
Andrew McHardy, Independent Consultant & Well Examiner, Total R J Boocock, Consultant Petroleum Engineer
Grant Affleck, Business Development Manager, Weatherford Oddvar Skjæveland, VP Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre, IRIS
Stuart Cole, Manager, Technical Sales and Services, Vallourec Group
Programme highlights for this year include:
Industry breakfast with the HSE Thursday 25th November 2010, 7.45am
Join the HPHT community for a breakfast meeting on the morning of the second day of the conference. During breakfast,
you’ll hear directly from Grant Moody, HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE who will deliver a brief presentation
on ‘Challenging wells in the UKCS – a regulator’s perspective’.
Safety & risk management panel discussion
This year, there is an exclusive interactive panel bringing together legal, risk, insurance, HSE and operator’s perspectives
of key safety considerations for HPHT operations.
n Key considerations for environmental protection and pollution
n Balancing risk and exposure
n Response team planning: Emergency response and oil spill response considerations
Case study experience of HPHT deep tight gas wells
Lukoil Saudi Arabia Energy Ltd share insight into the process of optimisation for stimulation and production operations in a
case study presentation of their drilling and completions experience in both exploration and appraisal wells in Saudi Arabia.
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Interactive Workshops Tuesday 23rd November 2010
08.45 – 12.00 Interactive Workshop A: 12.30 – 15.30 Interactive Workshop B:
Examine critical completions Understand the need for discipline
considerations and well integrity issues integration with HPHT wells
for HPHT environments During this “hands-on” workshop, teams will work through an exercise to
carry out a plan for well construction within a set scenario. Through this
This in-depth workshop will give you the opportunity to assess first-hand
exercise, you will:
some of the most effective completions and well integrity challenges, and
discover the techniques and strategies required to overcome them. n Define the challenges and being aware of “ripple on” effects of decisions made
n Determine the players and their roles – possible shift in present organisation required
During the interactive discussions, you will have the opportunity to: n Engage in discussions as to why early buy-in from senior management
Explore in detail the use of various HPHT completion techniques
n is critical
Understand what the emerging technologies are in this space
n In order to maximise group participation, you will be split into teams. In your
Examine the critical aspects of HPHT well integrity
n teams, you will work out a plan based around your scenario and then you
Address issues surrounding HPHT well integrity with application to life
n will then report back to the whole workshop. Key considerations will include:
of well prediction n Bringing the ultimate goal of production back to the initial planning stage
n Gain insight into cementing practices and cement fatigue in HPHT wells n Setting up a paper exercise of a well construction based on known reservoir
n Measure corrosive formation fluids effects on: conditions and having back-up plans to address possible surprises
- Tubular integrity n Establishing guidelines for drilling team
- Pressure barrier sealing performance In this session, you will understand why thinking about the well objectives is
- Well head seals critical to the well design. You will take into account the fact that if you only
- Downhole mechanical seals in packers look at the drilling of the well (pressure integrity of the casing) rather than
n Key considerations for cement sealing and structural integrity size, type and depth of the specific string, you may plan yourself into a
corner with no room to adjust should higher pressures be encountered
Workshop leader to be announced further up-hole. This could mean that you need to run another intermediate
string and that could not be available or be wrongly sized to enable test tools
to get to the depth required. You need to avoid having a drilled hole
that nothing can fit in for evaluation purposes.
Jointly a final plan is made complete with contingencies and objectives all agreed.
Led by R.J. Boocock, Consultant Petroleum Engineer
All of R.J. Boocock’s experience has been “hands-on” within the oil and gas industry, specialising in
field development, reservoir engineering, production operations, optimisation and surveillance, drilling,
completions, work-overs and contract negotiations. He has been heavily involved in training programs
and produced manuals such as “Advanced Well Testing”, “Drilling and Geological Operations” and
“Exploration Well Programmes”. He recently completed an assignment for GSPC doing well testing
work in HPHT wells.
Sponsors & Exhibitors:
Baker Hughes delivers innovative, reliable products and services designed to help customers manage operating expenses, maximize reserve recovery
and boost overall return on investment. Baker Hughes has been a technology leader in the oil and gas industry for over 100 years and continues to
partner with operators to find solutions for progressively more complex technical challenges. A leading global oilfield service company with operations
in over 90 countries and nearly 50,000 employees globally, Baker Hughes provides advanced products and services to help customers drill, evaluate,
complete and produce oil and gas wells. Baker Hughes’ reservoir technology experts offer independent consulting services, geomechanics modeling,
petroleum engineering and reservoir simulation services to achieve superior results that lower costs, reduce risk, improve productivity and increase
ultimate recovery. At Baker Hughes collaboration is at the heart of our business. Our 23 local geomarket teams work side by side with customers to
engineer reliable, application-specific products and services – whether the application is deep water, unconventional hydrocarbons or production and
water management - and deliver technologies that improve operating efficiency and create more value from the reservoir.
READ Well Services is a downhole technology specialist providing a variety of new downhole well construction, repair and well intervention services to
the oil and gas industry. RWS’s expertise lies in its ground breaking Hydraulically Expandable Tubular System (HETS), Cased Hole Logging services (data
acquisition and analysis) and Development and Engineering.
Houston-based Enventure Global Technology, L.L.C., the world’s leading provider of SET® solid expandable technology solutions for the energy
industry, has a global presence with operations in North America, the Middle East, South America, Europe and the Far East. Enventure’s SET® technology
minimizes the tapering event in oil and gas wells by radially enlarging proprietary tubulars through a cold-drawing process. SET® systems are used in
openhole and cased-hole environments to mitigate trouble zones, add casing points, remediate damaged casing and cover perforations.
Weatherford International Ltd (WFT: NYSE) is the fourth-largest diversified upstream oilfield service company in the world. Our global network includes
more than 34,000 people, 730 service bases, 87 manufacturing facilities, and 13 Technology Centers in more than100 countries. Our products and services
span the lifecycle of a well, including drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention. The Company’s range of production enabling technologies
include evaluation services, directional drilling services, controlled pressure drilling® (CPD®) systems, cased hole completion systems, expandable
technologies, intelligent completion technologies, production optimisation systems and all major forms of artificial lift systems.
Weatherford International Ltd, Tel: +44 (0) 1224 380180 Fax: +44 (0) 1224 241601Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.weatherford.com
Roundtable Sponsor: Vallourec & Mannesmann Oil & Gas UK (VMOG UK) manufactures casing and tubing to the highest industry standards, for the
world’s most progressive oil companies. Over the last year, VMOG UK has been facilitating the upsurge in HP-HT activity in the North Sea through a
project-based approach to the most extreme exploration projects ever seen, with extensive qualification testing and dedicated manufacturing quality
plans. The expertise gained through supplying casing and tubing for Total’s Elgin-Franklin and Glenelg projects, and Shell’s Shearwater, Onyx and Aragorn
projects (to name but a few) ensured that V&M has the extensive experience so vital to delivering success in HP-HT wells. In 2007, VMOG UK has
supplied all of the casing and tubing for the highest pressure well ever drilled in the UKCS North Sea, from the 13 5/8” production casing through to the
3 1/2” sour service work-string for the well test.
Vallourec Mannesmann Oil & Gas UK Office, Tel: +44 (0) 1224 279350 Fax: +44 (0) 1224 279341 Email: email@example.com
Web: www.vamservices.com /www.vmog.co.uk
Plexus Holdings plc. is an AIM listed engineering and service business in the oil and gas industry based in Aberdeen. Plexus has developed and
patented a unique method of engineering for oil and gas field wellheads and connectors, called POS-GRIP® Technology which involves deforming
one tubular member against another to effect gripping and sealing. POS-GRIP Wellheads are the leading technology for HPHT exploration drilling
and production due to their through-BOP and true metal to metal “HG” Seal capability.
Plexus Ocean Systems Ltd, Plexus House, Burnside Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0HW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1224 774222 Web: www.posgrip.com
Conference Day One Wednesday 24th November 2010
08.30 Coffee and morning registration 12.15 Seated lunch and networking break
09.00 Chairman’s opening remarks outlining the HPHT
13.15 Carry out effective planning for the suspension and
n Assess what has changed in the global offshore environment in the past
abandonment of HPHT wells
n Examine the legislative and guideline background
12 months and understand the impact on HPHT operations in the future
n Understand the technical challenges involved and the required technologies
n Global insights into HPHT projects
n Assess your tubing and cementing requirements
n New technologies and pushing the envelope with HPHT operations
n Explore the major environmental considerations surrounding this complex area
09.30 Examine advances in completions for HPHT deep tight gas Steve Kirby, Drilling Engineer, Sasok Ltd
wells through insight into the process of optimisation for
stimulation and production operations 14.00 Gain insight into the geophysical challenges at the depleted
n Explore Luksar’s testing and completion challenges in the first exploration stage HPHT Erskine Field, North Sea
n Assess how Luksar are advancing in completion and testing for A-1 & F-2 Gain insight into the Erskine Field, a depleted HPHT gas condensate
exploration wells accumulation located on the western margin of the East Central Graben,
n Lessons learnt and the way forward for T-4 appraisal well Central North Sea, UKCS. This presentation will give you insight into:
Raid Bu-Khamseen, KEC Company n The challenges with wellbore stability while drilling, integrity due to
significant liner deformations and sanding issues
10.15 Icebreaker networking and problem solving session
n The geophysical and geomechanical studies conducted over the last couple
In this interactive session, delegates will be assigned a team to work with
of years, their applicability to HPHT reservoirs and the challenges to
in order to solve a set scenario. In these teams, you will take the time to
implement modern geophysical tools at a mature field
talk through the proposed scenario and evaluate the challenges, risks and
n The identification of high risk areas for wellbore integrity of existing wells
opportunities you would be likely to come across. Each team’s spokesperson
and for the optimisation of potential infill well locations, changes in mud
reports their findings back to the wider delegation.
window during drilling and completion integrity
10.45 Coffee and networking break Joerg Zaske, Senior Geophysicist, Chevron Upstream Europe
FOCUS ON HPHT SAFETY 14.45 Coffee and networking break
11.15 Emergency response planning and critical safety factors
for HPHT operations 15.15 BLUE SKY THINKING - TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
A panel of health and safety and risk experts will kick off by delivering short ROUNDTABLE SESSION
10 minute overviews where they briefly share their perspective on what This interactive session will see the delegate audience split into two groups.
2010 going forwards means for managing HPHT operational safety and risk This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on technology gaps and
management. industry requirements for your forthcoming HPHT projects.
11.15 The regulator’s perspective GROUP A: Expandable technology requirements
n Understand key safety considerations for HPHT operations and ensure n Gain insight into “Hot off the press” new technology
that your safety strategies are robust for 2010 going forwards n What does the industry require for expandable technology developments?
n Examine requirements for the operators’ compliance with safety regulations n Explore effective strategies for the application of expandables in HPHT
for HPHT operations environments
n Understand the importance of promoting a safety culture Led by: Tony Furniss, Regional Sales Manager,
Grant Moody, HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety, Enventure International LLC
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
GROUP B: Casing and tubing requirements
11.25 The legal perspective n Casing and tubing requirements for HPHT depleted zones
n What are the legal requirements for HPHT drilling safety and risk? n Selecting the appropriate materials and connections
n Examine key considerations for environmental protection and pollution n Casing with drilling applications – gain insight into developments
n Mitigating risks and compliance
Led by: Stuart Cole, Manager, Technical Sales and Services, Vallourec Group
Jan Burgess, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna
11.35 The risk and insurance perspective 16.30 Chairman’s close and end of day one
n Ensure that you are effectively prepared when it comes to emergency
response and oil spill response
17.00 Networking drinks reception
n Understand key considerations for balancing risk and exposure
Join your peers in a relaxed and
n Explore what is required of the operator from the insurer’s perspective
informal setting for this excellent
John Munningstomes, Senior Risk Engineer – Upstream, Marsh networking opportunity. This is a
11.45 Interactive panel debate and Q&A session fantastic way to establish contacts
You’ve heard the different perspectives from the HSE and risk professionals. early on at the conference and to
Now it is your opportunity to raise your questions and put forward any strengthen relationships with
challenges and concerns directly to the panel of experts. existing contacts.
Andrew McHardy, Well Examiner, Total & Independent Consultant
Jan Burgess, Partner, Cameron McKenna
John Munningstomes, Senior Risk Engineer – Upstream, Marsh
Grant Moody, HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety,
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Telephone: Fax: Email: Visit:
+44 (0)20 7368 9300 +44 (0)20 7368 9301 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hphtwells.com/slide
Conference Day Two Thursday 25th November 2010
07.45 HPHT industry breakfast with the HSE 13.45 Testing and qualification of equipment for extreme applications
Join your peers from the HPHT community for an industry breakfast n Customising QA/QC procedures for your HPHT project
meeting. You can take this opportunity to catch up with your contacts n Explore how technology and materials can better withstand hostile HPHT conditions
informally whilst enjoying a full English breakfast and bacon rolls. n Specification and design of equipment: Managing risk in the design process
During breakfast, you’ll hear directly from Grant Moody, HM Principal n Ensuring your equipment is fit-for-purpose: From raw materials to manufacture
Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE who will deliver a brief presentation Oddvar Skjæveland, VP Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre,
on ‘Challenging wells in the UKCS – a regulator’s perspective’. International Research Institute of Stavanger AS
08.30 Coffee and registration 14.30 Addressing the many challenges of HPHT well evaluations
HPHT wells offer an opportunity to shift the paradigm while adjusting the
09.00 Chairman’s welcome mindset to cope with the current technological limitations. Success is often
measured through the pre-determined KPIs which can fail to encompass
09.15 Exploring HPHT well design: From concept to well construction the need for a fully integrated approach. In this session, you will explore how:
n Explore effective strategies to ensure that you have clear well objectives n Understanding past failures in reservoir management can provide the key to
n Understand how allowing for uncertainty in pore pressure, fracture gradient and future success stories
the “transition zone” predictions is key to the success of your well construction n Well planning needs to be all encompassing and deal with all aspects from
n Understand why casing shoe points and casing strategy is as important as location, trajectory, well construction, drilling and completion fluid systems to
detailed casing design available evaluation tools
n Examine the “lack of accurate data” paradox n HPHT environments not only affect the drill bit selection and downhole
Ed Mcfadden, Independent Consultant Engineer steerable assemblies, but also the reservoir properties and test tools as well.
Test programmes need to apply a suite of achievable objectives and a clear
understanding of the effects of time and temperature on downhole logging
10.00 HPHT logging: Going the extra mile and test tools
n New techniques extend the valid operating envelope
n Good planning with sufficient lead time can make all the difference
n Data from case studies in Gulf of Mexico and North Sea
n Increases in operating efficiency R J Boocock, Consultant Petroleum Engineer
Grant Affleck, Business Development Manager, Weatherford
15.15 Coffee and networking break
10.45 Coffee and networking break
15.45 Group competition of the well construction process
During this group session, the delegation will be split into teams to build an
11.15 Interactive panel discussion: Identifying technology gaps
ideal well in a given scenario.
for HPHT completions
n Understanding fluid selection for your completions projects You will:
n Seals and tubular integrity – key technology gaps A) Consider what is currently available to you
n Explore pore pressure projects B) Identify any current technology gaps
n Key considerations for polymers and metallurgy 1) Planning tools - integrated planning, hydraulics, real time to
n BOP considerations actual comparisons
2) Rig capacity - size, onboard mud coolers fluid capacity, MPD spread,
(And total number of “capable” rigs)
Derek Charlton, HP/HT Drilling Manager, Maersk Oil 3) Drilling tools - downhole equipment premium threaded components, etc
Andrew McHardy, Well Examiner, Total/ Independent Consultant 4) Fluids - weight, rheology, variable behaviour with heating / cooling cycles,
Ed Mcfadden, Independent Consultant Engineer control with mpd
5) Cement - design, testing, “foams”
12.00 Gain insight into requirements for friction grip 6) Casing - steels etc
technology and solid metal seals for HPHT surface 7) Completions - tools transferring conventional technology to ht domain
and subsea wellheads 8) Well test - special tools, differing test patterns
n Explore current industry standards for wellheads 9) Logging - real time vs. recorded vs. wireline, new developments
n Establish what makes a product fit for purpose for HPHT drilling and explore This group exercise is created to determine the difference between
testing and qualification procedures the actual edge of the current envelope, and the theoretical limit of
n Gain insight into key case studies on HPHT wellhead experience upcoming potential wells.
Craig Hendrie, Managing Director, Plexus Ocean Systems
16.30 Chairman’s close and end of conference
12.45 Lunch and networking break
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