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DETG Study Group Meeting
Oct 24, 2019 @ 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
This presentation will discuss thermosetting polymers, especially resins, and will show their potential utility as a superior barrier material compared to Portland cement. Over the past 15 years, several thousand field applications provide significant anecdotal evidence of resin’s potential as an improved well barrier. When compared to Portland cement, resin’s improved mechanical and performance properties include higher tensile strength, higher adhesive strength, impermeability, and chemical resistance. Even with the many field applications and improved mechanical and performance properties, concerns regarding resin as a well barrier still exist. To address those concerns, CSI would like to share our recent advancements in understanding resin’s fundamental behavior and the performance properties that have been identified as critical to resin validity as a permanent well barrier.
Tyler James a zonal isolation expert that specializes in barrier placement and material selection. After receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering, James spent several years designing and evaluating barrier placement operations. His experience includes a wide range of barrier placement techniques and materials including but not limited to cements, liquefied alloys, thermosetting plastics, combination material barriers. Using his experience with barrier materials, James now works as a subject matter expert teaching the advantages and design limitations of thermosetting polymers when used for zonal isolation.
Drew Hunger (President, Seashore Petroleum, LLC)
Presenting – “Preparing for the Unexpected: Lessons Learned from GoM Decommissioning”
Drew Hunger will share lessons learned from his extensive experience as a decommissioning manager in the GoM Shelf. He will focus on well P&As and start with some very surprising cases that his teams encountered. He will very briefly cover key aspects of having your team properly prepared to address such surprises. And then he will review some key issues in well P&A that he feels need to be passed along to other regions around the world that haven’t completed as many P&As as the GoM Shelf. A longer version of this presentation has been provided to other gatherings in the U.S. and Aberdeen, and it has been very well received.
Drew Hunger has over 33 years of experience since starting with Amoco in 1986. His background includes NGL plant operations, offshore construction, offshore production engineering, project management, and decommissioning. Drew has managed over 1200 well P&As and 250 platform removals in the GoM Shelf, first as Decommissioning Manager for BP and then for Apache. His primary goal for decommissioning is that the well P&As and platform removals be performed in such a way that the environment and industry reputation are protected eternally. Drew is currently working to start his own small production company, Seashore Petroleum, LLC. Drew is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Jeff Fulks (Applications Manager, BiSN)
Presenting – “A New Age in Sealing with Bismuth and Thermite”
In the world of downhole sealing there have been relatively few new developments in recent years. Traditional methods of cement and bridge plugs don’t always provide an optimal solution. Thankfully there is a new technology on the market that provides a superior seal when compared to traditional methods. That technology is comprised of bismuth and thermite. Bismuth has a very low melting point, a viscosity similar to water when liquid and a specific gravity of 10. It also when it solidifies and is corrosion resistant. To realize these properties heat is required. The heat from a thermite heater is enough to melt the alloy, allow it to flow in the well without pumping, take the shape of the completion and annulus and solidify and expand.
With 20 years experience in oil and gas, Jeff started his career designing completion tools before focusing on operations. After abandoning hundreds of wells in the Gulf of Mexico and US land over a 10 year period, working as a project management consultant for multiple operators, he joined BiSN in early 2017. Over the past 2 ½ years, he has used his experience to provide superior sealing solutions to operators around the world.
Presenting – “Plug and Abandonment Perforating Systems for Remedial Cementing and Circulation”
The presentation will discuss the development and application of specialized perforating systems for plug & abandonment and well remediation, primarily for offshore applications. A single casing string, super big hole, high-density perforating system was developed specifically for perf & wash applications where increased casing removal is critical to the success of the squeeze procedure. A system has also been developed for multi-string casing applications where selective remediation is required. This system is capable of perforating specific inner casing strings to provide communication into the annular area between strings as part of the remediation strategy.
Mr. Prestenbach has over twenty-one (24) years in perforating, test tools, and service tools, including field services, sales, gun shop management, quality, and district coordination. Experience includes design of perforating and completion tool strategies for optimizing deep-water completions; new product development and deployment; and advanced intervention and decommissioning procedure development. Mr. Prestenbach is currently based in Houston and is responsible for the structure and resources to introduce downhole completion and perforating products into markets and strategically develop and maintain relationships with energy sector operators and service providers. His primary focus regions include North America Offshore (USA, Mexico & Canada), Latin America, and Alaska.
Deadline for reservations is Monday, October 21, 2019.
Embassy Suites – Houston Energy Corridor, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079 is located on the North side of I10 at the Kirkwood exit next door to Technip FMC.
Free parking is available in the garage attached to the hotel. For parking take the driveway on the right side of the hotel and curve to the left. Parking is available for hotel guests on the 1st and 2nd floors of the garage. If parking spots are full you are welcome to use one of the designated “National Rental” car spots.