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 2024-2025


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th.

Well Integrity

  • 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)

  • Introduction to Permanent P&A
  • A conventional approach to P&A
  • A risk-based approach to 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
  • P&A consideration during well design
  • Assignments

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.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Must meet the requirement for admission to the master programme in Petroleum Engineering

Recommended prerequisites

PET535 Modern Well Design and Downhole Drilling Physics


Written exam and portfolio

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 8/10 4 Hours Letter grades Valid calculator
Portfolio 2/10 4 Hours Letter grades

The portfolio contains of 5 assignments/reports. The grade of the portfolio is not given until all assignments/reports have been assessed. There is not a re-sit option for the portfolio. Students that don’t pass the portfolio, can take this over again the next semester the course is held.Written exam with pen and paper.All parts of the course must be passed to get grade in the course.

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.

The students will receive 5 assignments, 1 assignment per week, and the answers to be delivered in one week due time.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Well Intervention and Plug and Abandonment (PET605_1) 5

Open for

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto