Online symposium on “Cement sheath integrity in oil & gas wells” – 24-26 March 2021

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce an online symposium on “Cement sheath integrity in oil & gas wells, current challenges and future solutions” in the afternoons (European time) of March 24-26, 2021, co-organized by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and LafargeHolcim.

Registration is free but mandatory by March 14, 2021, on the website of the symposium:

The cement sheath in oil & gas wells plays a significant role in ensuring zonal isolation, protecting the tubular against corrosion, and providing mechanical support. With the progressive rarefaction of conventional resources, the petroleum industry needs to drill deeper and faces more demanding conditions to ensure the proper execution of cementing operations and long-term cement sheath integrity. Simultaneously, raising public awareness about climate change encourages the cement industry to produce greener cements and improve the produced materials’ durability. Bearing these new challenges in mind, we gather specialists from the university and the industry. With their various points of view ranging from fundamental to more practical questions, we hope this three-day symposium will foster interesting discussions on current challenges and future solutions of cement sheath integrity in oil & gas wells.

The following speakers confirmed their presence:

  • Carlos Fernandez (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA): ‘Self-repairing polymer-modified dements for high-temperature wellbore applications
  • Siavash Ghabezloo (Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France): ‘Thermo-poro-mechanical behavior of an oil well cement paste
  • Maria Juenger (University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA): ‘Alkali activated fly ash for wellbore construction and abandonment applications
  • Konrad Krakowiak (University of Houston, TX, USA): ‘Lightweight cement systems for thermal insulation of wells operating in HTHP conditions
  • Barbara Kutchko (National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Department of Energy, USA)
  • Matteo Loizzo (Consultant, Germany): ‘Non-destructive testing of cement using logs: quantifying integrity defects, geometry and mechanical properties of the cement sheath
  • Luca Sorelli (Université Laval, QC, Canada): ‘A multi-scale approach to characterize and analyze the effect of temperature and pressure on the life well integrity of oil well cements
  • Malin Torsæter (SINTEF, Norway): ‘Ensuring long-term cement integrity after well P&A
  • Benoit Vidick (Consultant, Belgium): ‘Why and what is expected from the cement in cementing for the life of the well?
  • Manh-Huyen Vu (CURISTEC, France) ‘Cement mechanical Integrity design challenges’
  • Louis Zinsmeister (Total, France): ‘Continuous mechanical characterization of cement during and post hardening

Best regards,
The organizers of the symposium (Philippe Bénard, Siavash Ghabezloo, Matthieu Vandamme)

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