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Introduction to Permanent Plug and Abandonment of Wells

  • Reports on current practices used for permanently plugging and abandoning of hydrocarbon wells

  • Describes operational and technical challenges

  • Offers a unique resource for industry training and specialized university courses

  • Includes examples from offshore wells in the North Sea

  • Is an open access book

Part of the book series: Ocean Engineering & Oceanography (OEO, volume 12)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 1-9Open Access
  3. General Principles of Well Barriers

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 11-69Open Access
  4. Specification for Permanent Plugging Materials

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 71-95Open Access
  5. Types of Permanent Plugging Materials

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 97-136Open Access
  6. Different Categories of Working Units

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 137-163Open Access
  7. Work Classification and Selection of Working Units

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 165-184Open Access
  8. Fundamentals of Plug Placement

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 185-212Open Access
  9. Tools and Techniques for Plug and Abandonment

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 213-247Open Access
  10. Barrier Verification

    • Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen
    Pages 249-273Open Access

About this book

This open access book offers a timely guide to challenges and current practices to permanently plug and abandon hydrocarbon wells. With a focus on offshore North Sea, it analyzes the process of plug and abandonment of hydrocarbon wells through the establishment of permanent well barriers. It provides the reader with extensive knowledge on the type of barriers, their functioning and verification. It then discusses plug and abandonment methodologies, analyzing different types of permanent plugging materials. Last, it describes some tests for verifying the integrity and functionality of installed permanent barriers. The book offers a comprehensive reference guide to well plugging and abandonment (P&A) and well integrity testing. The book also presents new technologies that have been proposed to be used in plugging and abandoning of wells, which might be game-changing technologies, but they are still in laboratory or testing level. Given its scope, it addresses students and researchers in both academia and industry. It also provides information for engineers who work in petroleum industry and should be familiarized with P&A of hydrocarbon wells to reduce the time of P&A by considering it during well planning and construction.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kjølv Egenlands hus, Stavanger, Norway

    Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen

About the authors

Mahmoud Khalifeh is Associate Professor at University of Stavanger (UiS).  He hold a PhD in plug and abandonment of wells with a focus on materials optimized for permanent P&A.  Dr. Khalifeh has developed the permanent P&A (Plug and Abandonment) subject (MSc level) at UiS.  He has published several articles in scientific journals and conferences.  Dr. Khalifeh represents UiS as observer at Norwegian Plug and Abandonment Forum (PAF) since 2012.  

Arild Saasen has a position as adjunct professor at the University of Stavanger.  Parallelly, he works for other companies including his own company ALKAS Atlantic AS.  He has previously worked as drilling and well fluid specialist in Det norske oljeselskap (now named AkerBP) and Statoil (now named Equinor).  Earlier he worked for Rogaland Research (now named Norce).  He holds a MSc in fluid mechanics from the University of Oslo, Norway, and a PhD from the Technical University of Denmark.  Throughout the last three decades, he has published numerous articles about drilling and drilling fluids.  He has been awarded the Nordic Rheology Society’s Carl Clason Rheology Award in 2012 and the SPE North Sea Regional Drilling Engineering Award in 2018.

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Softcover Book USD 59.99
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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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