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Welcome to the Well Integrity Technical Section

Management of well integrity is about applying technical, operational, and organizational methods to ensure containment of fluids and reduce the risk or prevent the escape of fluids at the surface or in subterranean formations.

The Well Integrity Technical Section is a community for those with an interest in the safe management of well integrity throughout all phases of the well life cycle. The purpose of the technical section is to:

  • Provide a forum for SPE members for robust discussion and knowledge sharing between professionals and academia within the area of well integrity.
  • Inform the community about the latest news and practices in well integrity, such as updates to standards, key technical conferences, and important SPE papers.
  • Support and promote knowledge, skills, and best practices within well integrity management through PetroWiki, webinars, workshops, Distinguished Lecturer programs, conference technical sessions, and publications such as JPT.
  • Work closely with all relevant SPE technical disciplines and sections.

                                      Board members:    WITS Chair Person:  Ainur Kaken                Past Chair:  Valerie Wilson        Program Chair:  Jovan Stojkovski 

                                               Administrative Chair:  Talib Syed                  Membership Chair:  Hans Jacob Lund         Industry Liaison Officer: Michael Edwards 

                                               Communication Director:  Lydia Shangu      Director:  Scott Myers                                    Director:  Binh Nguyen

                                               Education & Training Chair:  Manish Narendra Srivastava            

                                               Canada Liaison:  Barkim Demirdal                Europe Liaison:  Kenny McAllister                South America Liaison:  Arydina Mayra De Aquino

                                               Middle East Liaison: Andrey Yugay              Casing Deformation Workgroup Chair Persons: Dan Dall'Acqua / Bryan Koslan         

Latest Discussions

January Blog - U.S. Class VI Wells Update (full text) by Valerie Wilson

L𝗈𝗍s 𝗈𝖿 𝖾𝗑𝖼𝗂𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 news 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗌 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖴.𝖲.! 𝖠 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅 𝗂𝗌 𝖺 𝗍𝗒𝗉𝖾 𝗈𝖿 𝗂𝗇𝗃𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅 𝗎𝗌𝖾𝖽 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗀𝖾𝗈𝗅𝗈𝗀𝗂𝖼 𝗌𝖾𝗊𝗎𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗈𝖿 𝖼𝖺𝗋𝖻𝗈𝗇 𝖽𝗂𝗈𝗑𝗂𝖽𝖾 (𝖢𝖮𝟤). 𝖳𝗁𝖾𝗌𝖾 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗌 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗉𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖺𝗋𝗂𝗅𝗒 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗀𝗁 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖴𝖲 𝖤𝗇𝗏𝗂𝗋𝗈𝗇𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖯𝗋𝗈𝗍𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖠𝗀𝖾𝗇𝖼𝗒 (𝖤𝖯𝖠), 𝖾𝗑𝖼𝖾𝗉𝗍 𝗂𝗇 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗁𝖺𝗏𝖾 𝖻𝖾𝖾𝗇 𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗉𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖺𝖼𝗒 (𝗂.𝖾. 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖺𝖻𝗂𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗒 𝗍𝗈 𝗆𝖺𝗇𝖺𝗀𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝖼𝖾𝗌𝗌 𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾 𝗅𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗅). 𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗝𝗮𝗻. 𝟱𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖤𝖯𝖠 𝗂𝗌𝗌𝗎𝖾𝖽 𝖺 𝖿𝗂𝗇𝖺𝗅 𝗋𝗎𝗅𝖾 𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗉𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖺𝖼𝗒 𝗍𝗈 𝖫𝗈𝗎𝗂𝗌𝗂𝖺𝗇𝖺 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗋𝖾𝗀𝗎𝗅𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗌. 𝖫𝗈𝗎𝗂𝗌𝗂𝖺𝗇𝖺 𝗃𝗈𝗂𝗇𝗌 𝖭𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗁 𝖣𝖺𝗄𝗈𝗍𝖺 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖶𝗒𝗈𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀, 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝖼𝗁 𝗋𝖾𝖼𝖾𝗂𝗏𝖾𝖽 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗉𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖺𝖼𝗒 𝗂𝗇 𝟤𝟢𝟣𝟪 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝟤𝟢𝟤𝟢, 𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗉𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗏𝖾𝗅𝗒. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖿𝗈𝗅𝗅𝗈𝗐𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗌 𝗁𝖺𝗏𝖾 𝖺𝗅𝗌𝗈 𝖺𝗉𝗉𝗅𝗂𝖾𝖽 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗉𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖺𝖼𝗒: 𝖬𝗂𝖼𝗁𝗂𝗀𝖺𝗇, 𝖭𝖾𝗐 𝖬𝖾𝗑𝗂𝖼𝗈, 𝖠𝗋𝗂𝗓𝗈𝗇𝖺, 𝖯𝖾𝗇𝗇𝗌𝗒𝗅𝗏𝖺𝗇𝗂𝖺, 𝖳𝖾𝗑𝖺𝗌, 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖶𝖾𝗌𝗍 𝖵𝗂𝗋𝗀𝗂𝗇𝗂𝖺. 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 three 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗌 𝗐𝖾𝗋𝖾 𝗂𝗌𝗌𝗎𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖶𝗒𝗈𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖣𝖾𝗉𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗈𝖿 𝖤𝗇𝗏𝗂𝗋𝗈𝗇𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝖰𝗎𝖺𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗒 (𝖣𝖤𝖰) – 𝗆𝖺𝗋𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾 𝗂𝗌𝗌𝗎𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝖾 𝗈𝖿 𝖶𝗒𝗈𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀 for the 𝖥𝗋𝗈𝗇𝗍𝗂𝖾𝗋 𝖢𝖺𝗋𝖻𝗈𝗇 𝖲𝗈𝗅𝗎𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇𝗌 𝖲𝗐𝖾𝖾𝗍𝗐𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗋 𝖢𝖺𝗋𝖻𝗈𝗇 𝖲𝗍𝗈𝗋𝖺𝗀𝖾 𝖧𝗎𝖻. 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖢𝖺𝗅𝗂𝖿𝗈𝗋𝗇𝗂𝖺 𝖱𝖾𝗌𝗈𝗎𝗋𝖼𝖾𝗌 𝖢𝗈𝗋𝗉𝗈𝗋𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 (𝖢𝖱𝖢) 𝖺𝗇𝗇𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖼𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖤𝖯𝖠 𝗋𝖾𝗅𝖾𝖺𝗌𝖾𝖽 𝖽𝗋𝖺𝖿𝗍 𝖢𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗌 𝖵𝖨 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗌 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖤𝗅𝗄 𝖧𝗂𝗅𝗅𝗌 𝖥𝗂𝖾𝗅𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝖪𝖾𝗋𝗇 𝖢𝗈𝗎𝗇𝗍𝗒, 𝖢𝖺𝗅𝗂𝖿𝗈𝗋𝗇𝗂𝖺. 𝖳𝗁𝖾se 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖢𝖺𝗅𝗂𝖿𝗈𝗋𝗇𝗂𝖺’𝗌 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 𝖽𝗋𝖺𝖿𝗍 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗌 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗎𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋𝗀𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽 𝖢𝖮𝟤 𝗌𝖾𝗊𝗎𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇, 𝖺𝗌 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅 𝖺𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 for 𝗎𝗍𝗂𝗅𝗂𝗓𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖺 𝖽𝖾𝗉𝗅𝖾𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗈𝗂𝗅 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖺𝗅 𝗀𝖺𝗌 𝖿𝗂𝖾𝗅𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖴.𝖲. 𝖮𝗇 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖤𝖯𝖠 𝖺𝗉𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗏𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗐𝗈 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾𝗀𝗂𝗇 𝖼𝗈𝗇𝗌𝗍𝗋𝗎𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖶𝖺𝖻𝖺𝗌𝗁 𝖢𝖺𝗋𝖻𝗈𝗇 𝖲𝖾𝗋𝗏𝗂𝖼𝖾𝗌 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗌 𝗂𝗇 𝖨𝗇𝖽𝗂𝖺𝗇𝖺’𝗌 𝖵𝖾𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗅𝗅𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖵𝗂𝗀𝗈 𝖢𝗈𝗎𝗇𝗍𝗂𝖾𝗌. T𝗁𝖾 𝗘𝗣𝗔 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗩𝗜 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿 shows 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗋𝖾 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝟭𝟴𝟭 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗩𝗜 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗂𝗇 𝗋𝖾𝗏𝗂𝖾𝗐. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝘀! 𝖤𝗑𝖼𝗂𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗂𝗆𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗁𝖾𝖺𝖽…𝗆𝗈𝗋𝖾 𝗍𝗈 𝖼𝗈𝗆𝖾!


November Blog - Our WITS Opening Night Dinner at SPE ATCE was SOLD OUT! (full text) by Michael Edwards

Our well integrity enthusiasts showed up in a big way; from the service sector, to operators to academic institutions and many others participated in a dinner networking event, keynote and lively discussion highlighting the latest on well integrity practices, regulatory policies, technologies and services. We highlighted a panel discussion to discuss how we are empowering the workforce of the future. Excellent participation by our audience. 
The Well integrity discipline, expertise, life-cycle processes and risk verification methodology are becoming more sought after than ever before with the energy transition. From new wells, P&A, reentry to repurposing for CCUS, geothermal and even hydrogen storage, the need for well integrity expertise, life cycle processes, standards, and risk management all have a role to play. 
Considering the industry’s large investment in building the well integrity multi-discipline … it was timely and essential for us to relook at how we are empowering our workforce of the future.
For many years the industry has invested in well integrity expertise. This has historically been built with the exceptional 25-40 years experienced engineers that had a wealth of onsite, engineering and multi-discipline experiences. Losing this capability is a high cost and risk for our corporations and industry at large. This discipline is not taught as a single discipline in our universities and rarely in most companies. Well integrity engineers solve a wide diversity of problems, and with new digital tools have the ability to leverage historical data to train faster and improve decision making over a shorter period of time.  
Our dinner keynote, Alexander Spuskanyuk leads the Well Integrity discipline for ExxonMobil and discussed their approach to well integrity through a well life cycle. He also discussed how they are shaping our new well integrity tools and training programs to empower the workforce of the future.  
A special thanks to our sponsors Vallourec, Volant, GoWell and Viking Engineering. 


September Blog - The Next Generation of WI Engineers (full text) by Manish Srivastava

The future is very promising for Well Integrity Engineers. With the scope of projects increasing as we continue to progress as ‘bridging’ agents into ‘new energy’ integrity world in the energy transition.  Oil and gas will continue to remain pertinent and the skills gained will transfer to key and growing industries, such as CCUS, geothermal, H2 storage, and so on for well integrity.
During the transition, skill repurposing will be required to fulfil the growing energy industry demands. Engineers will be armed with massive amounts of data that must be structured and analysed to make useful assessments.
Digitization combined with AI/ML is going to be necessary. Well integrity core skills will have to be coupled with IT skills to exploit tools such as IOT, cloud computing, and digital twin to make scalable models for efficient decision making.
It is evident that all the skills and competence required for a well-integrity domain cannot be covered by a single individual. Future WI engineers may be specialized for different life cycle stages or have a governance / regulatory role. The future is bright!


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