WELL intervention: rejuvenating the North Sea is the theme of this year’s ICoTA conference, with the keynote to be delivered by Leo Koot, MD of Taqa Bratani, which company is playing a key role in that process. However, arguably at this time, it is StatoilHydro which probably has the most ambitious well revamp programme in train in the North Sea (see Page 17).
Conference co-chairman Chris Nussbaum said of the upcoming conference: “There is no doubt that our perspectives have to extend beyond a simple focus on ‘the technical’ to encompass radical new ways of thinking about the way the North Sea well-intervention industry deals with an ageing well stock.
“This includes addressing challenges such as the ‘rejuvenation’ of the workforce; the role of well integrity assurance through intervention, and eventually confronting perhaps the ultimate intervention – well abandonment.”
This year, the programme themes are:
Well construction and deconstruction.
Well productivity enhancement.
Enhanced data gathering on coiled-tubing operations.
Advances in subsea intervention.
Among companies lined up as sponsors of this year’s forum are Global Tubing; Aberdeen company Omega Completions, which has championed the event for several years; TecWel; Welltonic; Senergy; TCO; Tenaris, and Schlumberger.
The SPE ICoTA 15th European Well Intervention Round Table will be staged at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on November 18-19