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Call for greater focus on subsea well integrity

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Internationally renowned engineer and Director of Intetech, Liane Smith will make a presentation on subsea well integrity at the Subsea Australasia Conference, being held as part of the Australasian Oil & Gas Conference (AOG) in Perth.
 
According to Smith, many oil and gas operators are taking an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to subsea well integrity management.
 
Pointing out that there was not enough focus on well integrity in the oil and gas industry, she said that subsea wells were often built to a good design basis, leading operators to believe they’ll remain leak-free through the whole well life. However in practice, subsea well leaks are a common fact and given the cost of their repair, the introduction of a well integrity management system pays back if even a single leak is prevented.
 
In one of the highlights of the conference’s subsea operations stream, Smith will discuss how operators can better manage well integrity, reduce shut-ins and maintain wells safely in production.
 
Her presentation will examine the case history of subsea operator Maersk Oil UK, which has introduced a well integrity management system, including a well integrity management manual, operational procedures documentation and well integrity management software to provide real-time risk evaluation of individual wells.
 
The Subsea Australasia Conference will explore new advances, challenges and solutions in sessions focusing on subsea operations, drilling and well management, marine sediment transport, global demand for subsea talent and subsea fields of the future.
 
A joint initiative between Subsea Energy Australia, Subsea UK, the Society for Underwater Technology and AOG 2013, the conference will bring together more than 600 delegates at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20-22 February.

This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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