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Well Integrity and Permanent P and A PET675

The course considers well integrity and permanent plug and abandonment of wells. The priority is given to hydrocarbon wells but geothermal wells are also discussed.  

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering

Learning outcome

Have insight into the different phases of a wells lifecycle including drilling, completion, production, intervention.

Have knowledge about drilling equipment and well logging tools.

Be able to perform hydraulic calculations both for hydrostatic pressure, pulling capacity, mechanical friction and fracture pressure. 

  1. Well Integirty 
  • Introduction to Well Integrity
  • Common well integrity issues
  • Defining well barriers
  • Verification of well barriers.
  • Well integrity management 
  • Organizational challenges and well design
  • Formation Integrity Test (FIT)
  • Cement Integrity
Plug and Abandonment (P&A)
  • Type of Wells (Production, injection, exploration, etc.)
  • Minimum setting depth (MSD)
  • Selection of a suitable formation
  • Well completion consideration
  • Casing cement verification
  • Cement placement inside casing
  • Access to formation
  • Plug placement techniques
  • Well barrier and well barrier elements criteria
  • Assignments
Required prerequisite knowledge
Must meet the requirement for admission to the master programme in Petroleum Engineering
Recommended prerequisites
Modern Well Design PET535
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F Valid calculator

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Mahmoud Khalifeh
Head of Department: Øystein Arild
Method of work
4 hours with lectures per week on well integrity and permanent P&A. 
Course assessment
Standard UiS procedure
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Well Intervention and Plug and Abandonment (PET605) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto