Plugging and Abandonment of Wellbores in The Gulf of Mexico: Geology & Petroleum Engineering Perspectives on Applications of (Geo)Materials Science & Emerging Technologies (3D printing) to Enhance Engineering Practices & Minimize Environmental Impact

Session ID#: 27079

Session Description:
For the first time in the history of Oil & Gas exploration, there are more wells to be plugged & abandoned, than drilled in the near future. The current practice is slow, expensive and not optimal. The new regulations require robust technology, calling for long term effectiveness of barrier materials in prevention of HC leakage.

This session seeks to contribute towards permanent plugging and abandonment of wells in the GOM, focusing on:

  1. Design, testing of novel barrier materials,
  2. application of 3D printing in barrier placement
  3. optimization for durability and monitoring under evolving subsurface conditions.

The Oil and Gas industry employs the cutting edge technology in drilling and completion activities in the GoM; the goal is to have GoM P&A be equally advanced. This can only be achieved through an interdisciplinary approach that involves science and engineering for the good of society and the planet.

Primary Convener:  Mileva Radonjic, Louisiana State University, Petroleum Engineering, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Conveners:  Darko Kupresan1, Hui Du2 and Daniele Di_Crescenzo1, (1)Shell New Orleans, Drilling and Completions, New Orleans, LA, United States(2)Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Index Terms:

1635 Oceans [GLOBAL CHANGE]
5104 Fracture and flow [PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS]
5114 Permeability and porosity [PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Mayank Tyagi and Muhammad Zulqarnain, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Mary K Tkach, National Energy Technology Laboratory Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, Mileva Radonjic, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, United States and Barbara G Kutchko, National Energy Technology Lab, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Malin Torsater, SINTEF, Trondheim, Norway
Bryan S Beckingham1, Michael J. Minkler1, Xinyu Hou1, Anton K Schindler2 and Lauren E Beckingham3, (1)Auburn University, Chemical Engineering, Auburn, AL, United States, (2)Auburn University, Civil Engineering, Auburn, United States, (3)Auburn University, Civil Engineering, Auburn, AL, United States
Lingyun Kong1, Mehdi Ostadhassan1, Naser Tamimi2, Chunxiao Li1 and Alan Alexeyev1, (1)University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, United States, (2)Sigma Cubed Inc., Houston, TX, United States
Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, United States and Linda Battalora, Colorado School of Mines, Petroleum Engineering, Golden, CO, United States