2024 Meeting Programme

7–8 March 2024 Advancements in complex drilling operations

Meeting Introduction

In mature oil and gas fields in the North Sea and beyond, successful well delivery depends on the correct application of innovative and cost effective technologies and solutions. Challenges that are increasingly encountered in our industry, include longer step outs, smaller targets, complex geomechanical environments with tighter mud weight windows, higher pressures and temperatures and unstable formations.

This session will be an opportunity to investigate which technologies and solutions are being applied today, including case studies of how drilling challenges have been solved.

Some of the topics that our members have expressed interest in hearing about include the following (this list is intended to give an idea of the kinds of topics that may be appropriate, but other suggestions are welcome!):

• Extending field life
• Securing troublesome formations without dropping hole size
• Downhole data acquisition advancements
• Extended reach drilling
• Horizontal drilling
• High pressure high temperature
• Thru tubing rotary drilling
• Slimhole
• Coiled tubing
• Hard rock drilling

Neil Armstrong, Merlin ERD Huisman Delft, The Netherlands
6–7 June 2024 Drilling Technology and advancements in cementing, fluids and waste management

Meeting Introduction

Drilling fluids is the primary barrier in conventional drilling operations and optimal design is critical to achieve good hole cleaning, wellbore stability, prevent downhole losses and minimize formation damage.
Cement is a key contributor to achieve zonal isolation both during well construction and for plug and abandonment.

Drilling waste like drill cuttings, fluids and interfaces are generated during well operations and the challenge is to develop technical solutions to minimize and handle waste in a safe and environmental acceptable manner.

The Q2 2024 DEA meeting aims to cover new technologies, processes and lessons learned within the fluids, cementing and waste management topics. Subjects to be explored could cover the topics listed below, but other topics within cement, fluids and waste handling could also be proposed.

Advancements in Drilling Fluids Technology
• Experience with High Performance Water based Drilling Fluids
• Methods to quantify hole cleaning
• Recommended fluids systems and properties for best hole cleaning
• Advancements in drilling fluids LCM design, including for weakened overburden
• Severe /total lost circulations and operating practices
• How to optimize compatibility between drilling fluids and cement
• Formation damage and selection of drilling fluids
• Standardization of drilling fluids – benefits and disadvantages
• Automation of daily measurements of fluids properties

Advancements in Cementing Technology
• New developments in multistage cementing
• Top hole cementing
• Experience with through tubing cementing
• Successful cementing in long horizontal sections
• How to determine optimal wait on cement time prior to logging/drill out
• Prevention and mitigation of poor cement placement
• Pressure/communication testing of short, cemented intervals
• Low CO2 and cost-effective cement solutions/alternatives
• Automation and remote control of cementing operations

Drilling waste management
• Methods to reduce offshore drilling waste
• Recycling of drilling waste
• Automation and remote control of drilling waste management

Kim Hanøy, Equinor and Arne Askø, Aker BP Equinor Bergen, Norway
5-6 September 2024 How digital and automation will shape the future of drilling operations

Meeting Introduction

Many operators and service companies in the drilling industry have embarked on their individual digital journeys for a while now. Some of the ambitious goals are increasing operational efficiency, improving quality through consistency, reducing risk, improving process safety, and ultimately reducing well time and cost.

As we evaluate recent industry developments, it is important to understand where the current hurdles are or learn from the lessons that can be drawn from ongoing initiatives when it comes to tough challenges, such as integration complexity, data management and quality, remote/hostile environments, and workforce adoption, to name a few.

We also see that the adoption in the drilling industry is impacted by external factors. Covid, for example, has pushed the adoption of remote working and remote operations on rig sites, leading to more effective use of manpower. As our industry’s transformation is catching up, which developments or industries can we turn our attention to when shaping the future in digital drilling innovation?

We would like to invite speakers to present on this theme that could cover topics like:

Automated well design:
• Automation of planning processes.
• Automated data analytics for offset well analysis.
• Risk and performance analysis from collected offset data using data science methods.
• Well design using Artificial Intelligence techniques.

Optimized well delivery:
• Integration of planning and operations workflows.
• Digital analytics reducing risk and NPT.
• Use of digital twins in operations.
• Machine Learning for decision making on the critical path.

Automated and remote well execution:
• Automation of rig workflows.
• Robotization of rig equipment.
• Remote operation of operational tasks and services.

TBC NORCE Stavanger, Norway
5-6 December 2024 The role of the drilling industry in the our low carbon future
Meeting Introduction

The Oil and Gas industry has proven its ability to adapt, be flexible, and rise to meet the many challenges throughout its 165 year history. As the world develops, our industry’s future depends upon the delivery of reliable, competitive and low carbon energy sources to meet society’s changing demands.

In the 21st century, the industry’s focus is to deliver a reliable source/s of energy, while limiting harmful emissions to our planet. Continuous development must be harnessed to empower the delivery of cleaner drilling operations and support the emerging energy solutions, building on our previously developed technologies. Carbon Capture and Geothermal applications form a large part of the future of our industry and must be embraced as enablers to meet the ever-increasing clean energy demands.

This conference therefore looks to address our industry’s greatest challenge to date: to seek out novel ideas, technologies and processes to further enable greener energy for our planet . The DEA(e) invites presentations related to the following topics for the Q4 2024 conference:

Approaching ‘Net Zero’:
• Novel methods to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050 (or earlier)
• Technologies or substitutes we need to achieve a truly sustainable industry
• Examples of innovation, or digital tools to be used to increase our sustainability
• How to produce ‘green’ Oil & Gas (ESG balance)

Energy Efficient Drilling Operations:
• Advancement in the measurement of the CO2 Footprint of Drilling and Wells operations
• Solutions and technologies to help the industry reduce emissions or fuel usage
• Hybrid, Hydrogen or other green fuel technologies
• Energy saving / environmental initiatives on drilling rigs
• Details on required rig hardware modifications to enable net zero

CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) Applications:
• Well design considerations for CCS applications – material selection, temperature effects etc.
• Well control for CCS – differences to conventional operations, current challenges, required rig modifications and solutions developed
• Well P&A in the context of (potential) future use of reservoirs for CCS
• Integrity of legacy wells not designed for CCS
• Effective methods to check or improve the barrier status on old wells to reduce risk of leakages/carbon gas leakage
• CCS initiatives – trends & technology

Geothermal and Hydrogen Applications:
• Geothermal drilling technologies, challenges, opportunities
• Geothermal well construction—benefits of O&G well construction knowledge or re-completion
• Hydrogen storage projects – salt caverns, unique design considerations to store hydrogen underground



If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact your company representative who will coordinate your companies attendance.

If you plan to make a presentation please read our Guideline for technical presenters.

On occasion it is possible for non-members to attend; if you are not a member and are interested in registering please contact us.