Westside: Development of Downhole Tools for Use in Ultra-HPHT Environments

Speaker Doug Lehr, Director of Wellbore Intervention Engineering, Baker Hughes
Doug Lehr is currently Director of Wellbore Intervention Engineering at Baker Hughes in Houston, and has over thirty years experience in the development of downhole tools for production and well servicing applications.  He has held management positions in engineering and quality assurance, and has worked both domestically and internationally.  Doug ...

Doug Lehr is currently Director of Wellbore Intervention Engineering at Baker Hughes in Houston, and has over thirty years experience in the development of downhole tools for production and well servicing applications.  He has held management positions in engineering and quality assurance, and has worked both domestically and internationally.  Doug has authored papers on various completion and well servicing topics including multizone stimulation, stage cementing, and HPHT service packers.  He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and a M.A. degree in finance and marketing from the University of Houston.  Doug has been awarded 16 U.S. patents, a Meritorious Engineering Award, was a finalist in the 2008 World Oil Awards, is a 2012 BHI Technology Award winner, and was a recent SPE Distinguished Lecturer.     

Full Description

The completion and servicing of ultra-HPHT wells presents unprecedented challenges to operators. These challenges are primarily attributable to extremes in temperature, pressure, and depth.  Today, there are a number of industry projects underway or planned in which downhole tools are required to operate over long periods of time at temperatures beyond 450 deg. F, hydrostatic pressures in excess of 20,000 psi, and depths greater than 25,000 ft.  Ultra-HPHT tool requirements and offshore compliance requirements are driving the development of a new class of extremely high performance completion and service tools.  Product reliability and longevity are challenges for these tools, as well as their conveyance, retrieval, and removal methods.  Ultra-HPHT tools are usually developed on a well-by-well basis, and end-users are increasingly funding the development of these fit-for-purpose service and completion tools.  Thus, the objective of this presentation is to explore these challenges and to discuss ways in which operators can effectively communicate their performance requirements to tool developers.  By using a comprehensive, well-crafted set of requirements, the ultimate objective of achieving fit-for-purpose tools can be achieved.

Organizer Alex McCoy

When?

Wed, May. 15, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Norris Center - Westchase
9990 Richmond Avenue
Houston, Texas 77042

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