Meetings

2021 Meeting Programme

DATE MEETING TOPIC TECHNICAL CHAIR HOST LOCATION
4 March 2021 Creating value from drilling automation
Meeting Introduction

Automation – realizing the value. Overcoming hurdles in realizing the value of automation for mature basins / cheap wells: In chase of increased quality and profitability, many in the manufacturing industry have found success in automating processes and adapting applications of real time data. The oil and gas industry are looking for ways to utilize this strategy for drilling and use automation for mature field developments. Drilling automation may hold the key to efficiently performing intricate and high-speed tasks and thus make complex wells technically and economically feasible also by utilizing real time data to make better and faster(automated) decisions and reducing NPD / ILT. This to overcome hurdles in realizing the value of automation for mature basins / cheap wells.
When a drilling project involves large numbers of wells drilled through well-documented lithologies and pressure regimes, operators can capitalize on the repetitive nature of automated drilling to eliminate costs associated with the performance variability typically exhibited from one well to the next within a drilling program.

The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:

• Case Studies
• Drilling automation developments
• Latest development in utilizations of Realtime data in drilling process.
• Advances in control and automation systems.
• Operational best practice sharing including hazard awareness, risk assessments and contingency planning
• New technology

Virtual
3 June 2021 Sustainability in drilling – reduced emissions and improved performance
Meeting Introduction

Oil companies are setting ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions, reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental performance. Drilling and service companies are also committing to similar sustainability goals.
As it strives to meet these goals, the drilling industry needs innovative technologies, and new ways of working. Improving drilling performance and operational reliability is the most obvious way to reduce environmental impact, but other approaches will also be required. Expertise developed in traditional oil and gas well construction is being applied to alternative strategic activities such as carbon storage and geothermal projects, which will have increasingly important role in emissions reduction.
The objective of this meeting is to increase awareness of the technologies and activities which can help the industry achieve these environmental goals, and to recognise areas where increased focus is required.
The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:
• Carbon footprint, emissions and waste reduction in drilling
• How to make drilling truly greener? Emission saving technologies and the publics opinion.
• ‘Lower operational cost: How to reduce the # of People on Board? Robotics, X-training, integrating services.’
• New technologies being pursued to improve drilling performance
• Carbon Capture
• Hydrogen production from natural gas
• Geothermal

Virtual
2 September 2021 Enhancements in new drilling & well technology to improved safety/profitability
Meeting Introduction

A recurring argument in the discussion on making the drilling industry more sustainable and efficient is the uptake of new technology. Improving performance, by increasing drilling progress rates and avoiding non-productive time, is therefore an equally relevant goal today as it was before. To achieve it, physical limitations of equipment have to be extended and new ideas developed to overcome existing hurdles in an ever-continuing learning curve.

In addition to development of equipment new ways of doing things (organizational innovation), related to safety, environmental integrity, and even contractual models (that align the service companies and operators), can improve efficiency.

In recent times COVID-19 has accelerated the need for remote solutions. Some of the adopted solutions will likely continue to be used and developed further, as they prove their value.

A continuous learning curve that has proven to deliver efficiency gains (even in recent challenging times) is shown by the success of the US shale producers, who continued to increase productivity (and average drilling rates), resulting in record-low drilling and completion costs (per foot) in 2021.

Do we have similar successes in Europe, or perhaps lessons to be learned across geographies?

The following topics are areas of interest however other relevant suggestions are welcome:

· Pushing drilling constraints – Torque, WOB, Pressure etc
· Step change in new drilling & well technology to improved profitability
· Improvements in Multi-lateral technology and expandable solutions for drilling new and sidetracked wells.
· Real Time Operating Centres : Case studies of how they have reduced NPT or improved performance
· Recent Advances in Drilling Technology
· Big’ non-productive time. Avoiding and recovering from large non-productive events.
· Performance based contracts models
· ‘Field development is more than drilling a hole alone. How can we make the difference? The drillers perspective.’
· Safety & profitability

Virtual
2 – 3 December 2021 Advancements in cementing & fluid technology
Meeting Introduction

The drilling fluid is the primary barrier in normal drilling operations and is critical for safety and performance. A fluid is not just a fluid, the fluid parameters are very important likethe rheology profile could be a make or break for a well design on a field with limited margins. The use of automatic fluid monitoring systems has been increased the last years and has a potential to bring the industry to the next level. What is the steps we need to take as an industry to get the full potential out of the technology? Fluid and waste management are in some well designs an important cost driver, and what solutions or alternatives could to be developed to solve that challenge.

Barrier and Zonal isolation are very important in well construction and cement is the primary material used, but new advancement in materials and mechanical devices has also become new alternatives in recent years. The use of new materials and metals has been used around the world. The verification methods for new solutions that has a barrier function are very important in well design and need to be addressed early in the planning phase. Cement has a track record that prove the capability, but cement alternatives also vary a lot in different technology solutions and cost effective design. Share the case lessons learned. Formation as a barrier has been tested in some fields and has been verified as barrier alternative.

Challenges associated with changing to less toxic additives is also of interest for this meeting.

We need to develop as an industry to overcome the challenges ahead of us by learning from the past and from other industries and new ideas.

ConocoPhillips*

* Subject to easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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