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to academic and research institutions. collaborative and standard contractual process • Exposure and validated applications for your scientific and technological expertise • Access to the key global players in the oil and gas sector How to Participate Your contact point for this challenge is Mark Anju. to large industry players or alternatively call +44 (0) 1224 222420 . please email m. development and/or field trial of potential solutions that will help address issues related to Subsea Annulus Management. from any sector.anju@itfenergy. To contact Mark. development and demonstration cycle • IP Protection: A proven confidential. Benefits of Participation • Funding: Up to 100% funding for any stage of the research. Justification ITF members have explicitly identified the current shared challenges they are facing across the industry in dealing with subsea annuli. Who Should Respond The invitation is open to all relevant industry sectors and all credible entities from small and medium sized enterprises.Aims This is an open invitation to any organisation. seeking partners and funding for innovative technologies in the oil and gas industry to submit high quality proposals for research.

Considerations also for design. operational and organizational solutions to reduce risk of uncontrolled release of formation fluids throughout the life cycle of a well”. tree/wellhead integrity and testing of safety systems.Subsea Annulus Management Challenges The prime areas of concern have been identified by ITF members as follows: • • • • • Pressure management Well Integrity Data and Communications Monitoring of Suspended Wells Innovative Leak detection and management technologies Pressure Management In the subsea environment. Operators regard well integrity as paramount to their operations and would like technologies to assist them in reducing the number of interventions over the life of the well. It is therefore critical to have appropriate pressure management strategies in place to tackle this issue. elongate well life as well as a reduction in operating expenses. the industry requires innovative solutions to address this issue that provide a step change to current practice The Challenges: • Solutions to prevent overpressure due to leaks and/or thermal expansion • Technologies to detect and adequately manage overpressure considering pressure relief methods. well operating processes. well service processes. It is imperative that adequate techniques for monitoring well integrity in order for operators to assess the condition and integrity of the well tubulars. These are. testing and material selection Well Integrity NORSOK D-010 defines Well Integrity as the ““Application of technical. then we could potentially have overpressure in the B and/or C annuli of the well when flow commences. if the B and/or C annulus become sealed due to cement top or mud solids outside the next casing string. Whilst there are strategies in place to mitigate against this. Therefore the management of annular-pressure build up (APB) is critical in this environment. penetrations and communication between annuli -. when wells are drilled and subsequently cased. tubing/ annulus integrity. The Challenges: • Innovative designs of wellheads to allow operators to monitor and control pressure as well as minimise the number of well interventions that will reduce operating expenses . accountability/responsibility. installation and operations -. a variety of areas are managed to ensure well integrity. reaching the shoe of the prior casing string. For example.Factors to consider include strategies for mitigating against damage during drilling. Subsea Xmas trees do not provide access to these annuli besides the A annulus between the production tubing and the production casing. B and C annuli are created. This overpressure could lead to a failure of one or more casing strings and could also potentially lead to collapse of the production casing string. the key barrier in any well. Within the well integrity framework.

real time information about the well conditions. interpreted and transmitted • For new drilled wells.• Technologies for prevention of cement top from the production casing getting into the surface casing shoe • Develop innovative well life cycle strategies to prolong the life of the well and also develop strategies for well abandonment from day one • Developing new methods for maintaining integrity through successive casing strings and ensuring casing connections are gas tight throughout the casing string Data and Communications Data and communication in annuli is particularly challenging especially in the subsea environment. Inspection and maintenance is a challenge especially in remote locations and existing wells where retrofit solutions are challenging. interpreted and transmitted . how data will be analysed. innovative designs that will allow operators sufficient flexibility to monitor and manage suspended wells efficiently during the life of the well. There is a requirement for permanently installed devices that survive throughout the life of the well to provide operators up to date. The Challenges: • Develop retrofit capability for existing wells that are challenging to monitor and inspect -. Operators need to fully understand the annuli conditions to enable them make appropriate decisions and take the appropriate actions with regards to their subsea wells. for example 1 per week -. The Challenges: • Technologies that can be installed during well construction to obtain real time measurement in annuli (i. pressure.Modifications for suspended wells can also be considered -. Especially when there is an abnormal pressure or temperature build up as this may be as a result of an integrity challenge.Considerations also for the frequency of data collection. corrosion between annuli or changes in reservoir conditions. Operators monitor these wells to ensure hydrocarbons do not seep out of the wells and contaminate the marine environment.There is limited space within the annuli for installation so it is important to consider size as well -. faulty threads in tubulars.Sensor packaging is also critical especially if acoustic solutions are proposed due to signal to noise ratios Monitoring of Suspended Wells Suspended wells are generally described as wells on which operations have been discontinued. In some cases these wells may be suspended for a number of years prior to being produced from. how data will be analysed.e. that will take into account the dimensions of the annuli -. temperature.Considerations also for the frequency of data collection.Solutions can also consider data transmission rates. chemistry) that are reproducible throughout the life of the well -. For example. Generally these wells are uncompleted and operations terminated during drilling operations which have not been plugged and abandoned permanently.Solutions must also consider power requirements and how components can be retrieved from the annulus if they require replacement -.

Typically leaks are currently detected using techniques such as surface detection. A variety of techniques like acoustics and passive acoustics. fluorescent. methane sniffers and mass balance methods are commonly used to detect leaks. capacitance. The Challenges: • Technologies that can be installed during well construction that are passive but become active upon detection of a leak and seal such leaks (i. ITF has a mechanism for fast tracking projects. platelets) -. fibre optics.Component mix of compounds to seal leaks in-situ can also be considered -. optical cameras.Components should provide significant advantages over bust discs and foam • Innovative well designs and materials that can mitigate against thermal expansion and prevent leaks from occurring • Design technologies that can accurately inform operators when a leak occurs and the causative factors in order to mitigate against future operational challenges Technology Challenge Timeline The ITF Technology Challenge follows a staged timeline from the identification of the challenge through to the launch of successful projects.Innovative Leak Detection and Management Technologies A variety of studies have taken place into studying leaks. early warning systems for detection of leakages enable stakeholders monitor and apply corrective action if required.e. Action Call for Proposals Issued Deadline for Receipt of Proposals Publish to Members for Review Member Review and Voting Technical Clarification Meeting Members Finalise Committment to Sponsor Date 13 June 2013 31 July 2013 14 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 Note: If there is significant interest in a proposal. Fundamental to operations. bio sensors. Innovative solutions are sought to address these issues as well as develop proactive leak detection techniques. inspection and permanent subsea monitoring. The following list of tasks describes the key milestones and their associated dates. causes and remediation in the subsea industry. . therefore these applications should be considered a pre-design requirement.

anju@itfenergy.itfenergy.itfenergy.anju@itfenergy. To date. working in collaborative participation with both its members and industry to identify technology needs and potential solutions • ITF has contractual confidentiality arrangements with all its members and will enter into a parallel agreement with all developers submitting proposal applications • Proposals submitted under this Theme will be reviewed for financial sponsorship by all ITF members therefore this is an excellent opportunity to gain a global audience in seeking support for your technology For details of ITF’s full Portfolio of Members. • ITF’s is an internationally recognised champion for facilitating Contact Information If you would like to discuss any matters related to this call or any other issue related to ITF. Download & complete the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ This form is available via http://www.Process for Submitting a Proposal 1. please visit 3. development and deployment of technology innovation within the upstream oil and gas and related energy industries • ITF uses a proven process. Our key objectives are to identify technology t: +44(0)1224 222410 .com/index/itf-document-download no later than 31 July 2013. foster innovation and facilitate the development and implementation of new technologies. Proposals received after this date may not be processed. Complete the ‘Project Presentation Template’ This template is available via http://www. please contact any of the following people: Technology Challenge Manager and primary contact point for this Call: Mark Anju Senior Technology Analyst e: m. ITF has been responsible in launching more than 200 new collaborative and revolutionary joint industry projects (JIPs).itfenergy. Email the completed ‘Expression of Interest Form’ and ‘Project Presentation Template’ to ITF Email the completed forms in Microsoft Word format (not PDF format) to Mark Anju at m. ITF’s Role & Approach The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) is a not for profit organisation owned by. major oil and gas operators and service companies.