General Meeting: Unconventional Subsea Well Abandonment: New Approaches


NOTE: This is a joint meeting with the Houston Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute (API).


ABSTRACT of Presentation

Mr. Burguieres will make a presentation on the new techniques and technology used to abandon wells in ultra-deep offshore waters. 

 It is now accepted that conventional methods (rig and riser) for subsea well abandonment are no longer economically feasible and that different tools and techniques need to be developed/adopted to decrease costs.  Intervention systems, both riser based and riserless, offer access to wells in a cost efficient manner.

 It is proposed that with proper implementation of tooling and materials conveyed through the intervention system, total days and costs can be further reduced.  Adoption of non-cement plugging materials allows for some of these unconventional plug and abandonment (P&A) solutions.  After the successful temporary abandonment (TA) of a critical deep water well in the Gulf of Mexico utilizing bullheaded resin plugs, a myriad of applications for normal well P&A can be construed.



Spinach Salad with Ranch Dressing

Roasted Top Sirloin with Mushroom Sauce

Au Gratin Potatoes

Italian Cream Cake 

If you have special dietary needs (allergies, religious, etc.), please include special meal requests in the "Comments" section during the registration process.                                                                                                

Registration & Walk-ins 

All attendees are encouraged to register and pay online for this event.  This is a more efficient means of registering for the event and enables the registration process at the meeting to move much faster.  Walk-in space is available on a seat-limited basis at a fee $5 more than the on-line registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE:  $5 has automatically been added to the registration price as a donation to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund.  If you would like to opt out of donating this amount to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund, please enter OptOut in the Discount Code field and click Check Discount to apply the code. The code is case sensitive. 


Parking for this event
The TOTAL Plaza building (1201 Louisiana Street across from the Houston Hyatt Regency Hotel) is connected to the downtown Houston tunnel system.  Using the tunnel system, those working downtown can walk to our meeting in air-conditioned comfort.
If you will drive to this meeting, the following summarizes available parking:
The image above shows how to access the valet parking area at the new location of the Petroleum Club. Enter from Milam Street and exit onto Louisiana Street.  Parking fee for this valet parking is $15.
Surface parking lots are available to the south of the TOTAL Plaza building (between this building and the former EXXON Building), including one surface lot adjacent to the TOTAL Plaza Building - pay at meter (cost ~ $9).  Other surface lots in the area cost $8 - $9 and they frequently are full by mid-morning.
Parking is also available in the Hyatt Regency Hotel parking garage across the street.  Prices vary depending on time in the garage.  Cost for 2 hours of parking is $9.  Parking is also available via valet at the Louisiana Street entrance of the hotel.  Cost is $10. 

Location: PETROLEUM CLUB , 35th Floor, TOTAL Plaza Building
Houston , Texas 77002

Date: Dec. 13, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - Dec. 13, 2016, 1 p.m.